Dr. Scarborough Featured in Chalkbeat Chicago | Department of Sociology
June 15, 2022

Dr. Scarborough Featured in Chalkbeat Chicago

Changing Demographics in Public Schools: Scarborough Warns of Elite-Centric Trend

In a recent Chalkbeat Chicago article, Dr. William (Buddy) Scarborough sheds light on concerning new shifts within Chicago's public education landscape. While Chicago's population increased between 2010 and 2020, the school district's enrollments declined by 60,000 students. There's been a potential decrease in data collection on low-income students since 2014, accompanied by a rise in private school attendance among these groups. Scarborough highlights the city's transition to a primarily white-collar workforce, adverse effects of school closures in Black communities, and the influence of gentrification. He warns that without intervention, publics schools in Chicago might increasingly cater to students from affluent families.

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