Mike Klonsky reports on a study of Rahm Emanuel’s unprecedented closing of 50 schools in one fell swoop.

Did the children end up in better schools or not?

Rahm’s school superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett says yes. She says:

“…the report “demonstrates that we kept our promises and upheld our commitments to our students and school communities… These results are based on the strategic, thoughtful, coordinated approach we took to managing the transition process.”


“”I think the main takeaway for us, or for me at least, is nearly all the displaced students attended schools that were higher performing than the closed ones. But those schools were not substantially better than the ones that closed,” said Marisa de la Torre, one of the study’s authors.

“The things that keep coming back again and again are these issues of safety and transportation and not enough good options near where the families live.”

Mike asks:

“Are we looking at the same study?”