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Lost Classroom, Lost CommunityCatholic Schools' Importance in Urban America$
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Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226122007

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226122144.001.0001

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Imagining Cities without Catholic Schools

Imagining Cities without Catholic Schools

(p.157) Chapter Nine Imagining Cities without Catholic Schools
Lost Classroom, Lost Community

Margaret F. Brinig

Nicole Stelle Garnett

University of Chicago Press

This book focuses primarily on Catholic schools as community institutions. Since community effects are not the only consequences of Catholic school closures, this chapter restates, in an abbreviated manner, the implications of losing Catholic schools as educational institutions. First, Catholic-school closures will have the direct effect of reducing the number of quality educational options available disadvantaged urban residents. Second, the reduction in educational options also may negatively affect urban development prospects by affecting the residential choices of parents who leave urban communities for suburban ones with good public schools. Since families are provide an important source of social capital and collective efficacy in urban neighborhoods, the educational and community consequences of Catholic school closures intersect.

Keywords:   education, schools, collective efficacy, social capital, families, residential stability, disadvantaged, urban development

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