Over at uft.org, the union has posted a series of eye-opening Google Maps mashups:
Most of the 122 schools that the Department of Education has already closed or is planning to close are located in the neighborhoods where the city’s 125 charter schools are concentrated: the South Bronx, Harlem and central Brooklyn. This may be a coincidence, but it certainly doesn’t look like one.
If you map all the charters over the already-closed 97 schools and the 25 planned closings, they show a disturbing pattern that disproportionately affects communities of color and poor neighborhoods.
And many of the closing schools are not failing. They just serve high-needs kids, many of whom have not received the level of services they require to succeed.