The deed is done. Amid some of the most well-orchestrated and well-attended protests from parents and activists in recent history, the School Reform Commission last week voted to close down nearly two-dozen schools and consolidate a dozen others.
The next question: What can the SRC and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. do to prevent more closings in the future? More to the point, what can parents, teachers and public-education advocates do to prevent them?
Before we get to answers, we have to look at the problem. The reality is that in 2013, district schools are losing the competition for students to a variety of other providers, especially charter schools.