What it means to lose a community school

Many communities in the United States are closing their schools, though for different reasons, all of which are pushing towards consolidation, packing more students into a smaller space. Officials justify this on the grounds that funds can be used more efficiently this way, potentially increasing the offerings available at a given school, but not everyone—parents, […]

Environmental Racism at Work: Building Schools on Brownfields

Activists and advocates concerned with race and environmental justice issues have developed the term “environmental racism” to describe the specific and pernicious social phenomenon of placing communities of colour in danger from pollution. Studies illustrate a strong colocational relationship between low-income communities of colour and polluting industries, developments on polluted land, dumps, and other facilities […]