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  • There will be fewer schools in Chicago next year, but they’ll be just as segregated.

There are two remedies for school segregation, neither of which have worked.

You can attempt to get rid of the separation—that is, to desegregate the schools. Chicago long ago gave up on this method. That’s being charitable; actually, the city never really tried it.

If you believe desegregation just isn’t going to happen, you focus instead on making the minority schools as good as the white ones. This has been the approach in Chicago for decades, with little to show for it. As I write in this week’s paper, the gap in achievement between black students and white students has remained broad, and perhaps has even grown.