Title

Chicago Catholic Schools -- Stake a Claim to Neighborhoods (Quotes: Margaret "Peg" Brinig) Huffington Post Chicago -- September 4, 2012

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date

9-4-2012

Abstract

Chicago Catholic Schools -- Stake a Claim to Neighborhoods (Quotes: Margaret "Peg" Brinig) Huffington Post Chicago -- September 4, 2012

Article by Joshua Hale

A series of research articles by University of Notre Dame Professors Margaret Brinig and Nicole Garnet have laid out the case. In a paper summarizing their findings, "Catholic Schools, Urban Neighborhoods, and Education Reform" Brinig and Garnet used three decades of data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods to evaluate the effect of a Catholic school closure on its neighborhood. They found -- even after controlling for other demographic variables that might predict decline -- that neighborhood social cohesion decreases and disorder increases in neighborhoods that have had a Catholic elementary school close. Last month an article about Brinig and Garnet's research, "Catholic Schools and Broken Windows," was published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. This research demonstrated that during a time of overall decline in crime, Catholic school closures slowed the rate of decline of crime as compared to beats without a Catholic school closure.