Two schools. One with too many students. The other struggling to attract new students. Often, these schools sit right near each other.
It would seem obvious to combine two neighboring schools in a way that would spread out students. But instead, city officials often spend millions building expensive additions or whole new schools to accommodate overcrowded schools. The practice furthers segregation by race and class in a city already deeply divided.
WBEZ education reporters Becky Vevea and Sarah Karp have been looking into this pattern. This playlist puts all their reporting together--from the numbers and the data to how the practice affects specific communities.