Have You Heard: In a Gentrifying City, Are Some Students Expendable?

The latest episode of Have You Heard is inspired by a brand new, and must read book: Ghosts in the Schoolyard, by sociologist Eve Ewing. Ghosts excavates the long backstory behind Chicago’s school closures in 2013, but Ewing’s analysis is just as relevant to Boston in 2018. Jennifer heads to the McCormack Middle School, a school that’s been slated for closure in a neighborhood that’s rapidly gentrifying. Might there be a connection? And in a city that’s growing ever richer, are some students expendable? Complete transcript of the episode available here.

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Jennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire is a freelance journalist and public education advocate. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Baffler, Salon, Alternate, the Progressive, and Bloomberg EDU.

Jack Schneider

Jack Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Leadership in Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the author of three books, the latest of which is Beyond Test Scores: A Better Way to Measure School Quality. He co-hosts the education policy podcast Have You Heard.