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Society and Culture, Education

When Catholic schools close, poor communities suffer (and crime goes up)

For decades, research on Catholic schools has almost exclusively examined their academic effects. Brinig and Garnett take a novel tack. Rather than wade into academic effects, they use a rich data set of social cohesion measures and crime data from Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles to track the effect of closing Catholic schools on neighborhoods. Not to spoil the ending, but closing Catholic schools rends the fabrics of low income communities and can be linked to an increase in crime. read more >