The School Reform Commission took an important step when it voted to close eight city schools, but bigger strides are needed.
With enrollment declining and debt mounting, the SRC made the difficult but necessary decision to begin reducing its inventory of excess school buildings by closing two elementary, three middle, and three high schools.
It was good to see the commission spare two highly performing schools that are producing good academic results despite the facilities' age. The Isaac A. Sheppard and E.M. Stanton Elementary schools could have justifiably been closed for being too expensive to operate. But the SRC wisely recognized the higher cost of losing two good neighborhood schools that are providing valuable lessons that should be replicated elsewhere in the district.