Atlanta school Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s plan to turn around the struggling school system calls for closing schools that, by Atlanta standards, are succeeding and merge those students with now-failing schools.
The closures will allow her to replace hundreds of teachers, bring in new leaders and save money by closing half-empty schools. District officials says the goal is to improve education for thousands of Atlanta children.
In addition to closing three schools, Carstarphen has also proposed hiring charter school groups to run five low-performing schools.
But her plan doesn’t make sense to some parents.
“Why would you close a school that’s improving?” asked Antonia Mickens, whose daughter attends one of the schools up for closure.
Meanwhile Madison is expanding its least diverse middle school: Hamilton.