City Voices March 2006: School closings

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In February, demonstrators showed up at City Hall to protest the closing of Collins High School, one of several public schools slated to close under the district’s Renaissance 2010 plan to close low-performing schools and open new ones in their place. According to a Catalyst report, the board is not living up to its promise that displaced kids would end up in better schools. Critics cite increased violence in high schools and overall safety risks as proof that the district’s strategy isn’t working. Guests: Gilda Walker of the Southwest Block Club Coalition, Shannon Bennett of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and Jacqueline Leavy of the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group.