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And another thing: Engaging the public on school closures

A quick follow-up thought to the post below: When we say the School District should be willing to alter plans based on community feedback in order for the community engagement to be worthwhile, that doesn't mean it must back away from a closure if parents oppose it -- because, of course some parents are going to oppose every closure. Rather, the District should be willing to back away from a proposed closure if it hears a persuasive objection. And, maybe more to the point, it should make strategic adjustments to the way closures are orchestrated based on community feedback, by, for instance, having a safety plan in place to deal with potential violence between rival neighborhood groups.

And another thing: Engaging the public on school closures

A quick follow-up thought to the post below: When we say the School District should be willing to alter plans based on community feedback in order for the community engagement to be worthwhile, that doesn't mean it must back away from a closure if parents oppose it -- because, of course some parents are going to oppose every closure. Rather, the District should be willing to back away from a proposed closure if it hears a persuasive objection. And, maybe more to the point, it should make strategic adjustments to the way closures are orchestrated based on community feedback, by, for instance, having a safety plan in place to deal with potential violence between rival neighborhood groups.

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