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[Susan notes: Here's a good use of research to make a point.]

Published in Detroit Free Press

To the editor

A substantial body of educational research indicates that closings of small neighborhood schools have measurable effects beyond psychological upheaval. One study of more than 13,000 schools demonstrated that student achievement decreased as school size increased. The effects were most significant for economically disadvantaged children.

When districts are legally mandated to improve achievement, school closings are far more than an emotional issue. They are one more impediment to learning for children who already face tough odds.

As a society, we have a moral obligation to provide school environments that best suit the needs of these children. Instead, we persist in making choices that fail our children.

Michael Misovich

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