Bruce Monroe: A Case Study in Gentrification

In one of her first acts as D.C. Schools Chancellor, Michelle Rhee closed 23 public schools. Bruce Monroe Elementary School wasn’t one of them. The protests from the parents, staff and community prevented the high-achieving school from being a victim of Rhee’s school reform. At least for a while. By promising to rebuild the school within three years, Rhee successfully maneuvered the students of Bruce Monroe out of their building and into the Park View Elementary School, combining both schools. Bruce Monroe was then leveled. Today, there is a park where the school once stood. The park is likely to be replaced by luxury condos, not a school. Audio

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