Half of Closed Flint Schools in Last Decade Mostly in Black Areas

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nearly half of the more than 20 school closures announced by the Flint School District over the last decade have been in predominantly black neighborhoods on the northwest side of the city, according to an MLive-Flint Journal analysis.

The district has closed seven facilities north of Davison Road and Hamilton Avenue in Flint since the 2002-2003 school year and will close two more in that area this year as part of a closure plan to save $4 million.

The closures will leave the northwest side with three of the district's remaining 15 open school buildings.

Although the city is about 57 percent black, those neighborhoods are at least 90 percent black, according to 2010 U.S. Census data.

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