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Friday, June 23, 2023

Public Schools Are Closing

Aloha Everyone,

Is there a single individual who is responsible to make decision on which campuses and classrooms should be closed? Why are some schools under-performing? Is it due to funding shortages or are there inherent challenges with parents and students due to the neighborhood they reside which impacts their economic and social backgrounds?

For example, New York City Public Schools has nominated 19 schools for closure by Mayor Bloomberg. Reason given is poor academic performance. Since 2002, New York City has closed or in the process of closing 91 schools. (Source: New York Times)

What happen to students, parents and teachers who fall victims to budget shortfalls that conflict with eagerness of administration to boost student performance, improve scores on standardized tests and graduation rates?

Such crisis could potentially usher new opportunities. Enterprising real estate firms, architectural companies and individuals are converting former schools and classroom by promoting as one-of-a-kind residences.

With 76 million Baby boomers in retirement and many needing Assisted Living Facilities, creative ways of using closed schools and classrooms into living, teaching and learning centers are interesting and promising.

Aloha -- Cathi