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Race, College, and College Completion in Chicago

In Chicago, 35 percent of African-Americans have an Associates degree or have attended college—a higher percentage than those with just a high school degree—but only 18 percent have a bachelor’s or advanced degree. What are the reasons behind the disparity?

The Costs and Savings of School Closures

The math of school closings is weird: the upfront costs are high, and the savings unpredictable, as districts decide on up-front demolition or long-term maintenance costs. Meanwhile, our underutilized schools have counter-intuitively overcrowded classrooms.

People With Lots of Friends In High School Earn More Money

And the reverse is true, and the disparity is even greater—socially isolated high school students make less over the course of their lives than their peers, according to studies based on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, the nation’s oldest long-term study of adolescents. Could smaller classes help?