Dallas district proposes closing or consolidating 22 schools

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas school district has proposed shuttering or consolidating 22 campuses to manage declining student enrollment.

The Dallas Morning-News reports that the district has seen enrollment drop over the past few decades from 180,000 students to about 157,000. Fifteen campuses identified in the Dallas Independent School District’s closure plan are located south of Interstate 30, where the district is losing the most students to charter schools.

About 34,500 students last school year lived in the district but attended a charter school. Nearly three out of four of those students lived in that southern area.

The district also may need to pitch a bond program to voters in 2021 to replace and upgrade aging schools. The plan identifies nearly $6 billion in needs for campus replacements, renovations, security upgrades and technology.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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