SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Closing Alice Birney Elementary: Why?

All this week, we’ve been asking questions surrounding recommended school closures and today we’ll focus on Alice Birney Elementary. Like the other schools on the hit list, Alice Birney has a diverse neighborhood population and a school community composed of committed teachers and administrators.

And like all the other schools we’ve cited this week, the Alice Birney community and its students will be thrown into turmoil if the school closes and the students are moved to John Cabrillo Elementary.

What happens to children when their neighborhood school closes? Do they develop a lack of trust or alienation at a system that shuffles them around? Do teachers become overburdened and unmotivated in their work when they are asked to make these transitions?

Are the children at the receiving schools impacted also? Certainly some must have difficulty adjusting to an influx of new students, unfamiliar teachers, and a different parent community that barges in on their turf.

Is anyone asking these questions?

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Written by scusdobserver

April 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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