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Letter: Neighborhood schools grow stronger students

To the editor,

I was pleased to read in Wednesday's Grand Forks Herald that Grand Forks residents favor neighborhood schools on the north end of Grand Forks rather than the idea of a new 750-student elementary building.

Why? On Feb. 24, I heard an in-depth story on Minnesota Public Radio's Reveal program about the city of Chicago voting to close 50 neighborhood schools due to failing facilities in 2013. The result was not surprising. A University of Chicago research study stated new larger schools built at a distance from the affected students did not improve the educational experience. In fact, many students fared worse, and some families left the city as a result. We can learn from this experience and research.

Quality neighborhood schools grow and nurture stronger students, happier families and a healthier community.

Ann Folson

Grand Forks