Cash-strapped cities threaten to close schools and fire teachers, Mar 10th 2011
Neither Providence nor Newark has plans to close as many schools as Detroit may have to. The beleaguered city has seen pupil enrolment plummet by more than 50% in the past decade, as residents move elsewhere in search of jobs. Falling state aid and dwindling local property taxes have only reinforced the trend. The school system needs radical restructuring.