Lives in Transition: Eviction Notice | Eric Joseph Schilling

Lives in Transition: Eviction Notice


Lives in Transition: Eviction Notice

The film conveys the impact of school closure as narrated by youth: academic challenges; social adjustment among displaced students in schools to which they were assigned; inadequate transportation policies for students who now travel a greater distance between home and school; and the uncertain future of vacant school buildings.

Influenced by critical theory, we worked with the youth and teacher candidates to situate school closure within a study of educational policy and local history. In particular, we looked at the acceleration of school construction in the 1960′s to preserve racial segregation, the mobilization of protest against the construction of these schools, the 1976 Reed v. Rhodes ruling to integrate Cleveland schools, and the increasing racial and economic isolation of many neighborhoods on the east side of Cleveland.

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Role: Researcher, Filmmaker, Mentor, Teacher