"We simply must do better," [subcommittee's chairman Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas] said.As Superintendent Janey pointed out deciding which schools to close / consolidate isn't the difficult problem; following through is. DC has shown a lack of political will to enact these types of measures.
He noted that more than a third of adults in the city are illiterate and said that if the city fails its children, it will fail future generations.
Brownback said he believes closing or consolidating some of the District's schools is critical to improving the city's school system. Selling or leasing underused schools would provide more money to rehabilitate other aging buildings, Landrieu and Brownback agreed.
D.C. leaders appeared receptive to the idea, acknowledging that many city schools have declining enrollments. Still, they said the topic could provoke outrage from students, teachers and parents.
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