Julia Richman, the school I am writing about, was one of the first one closed. The teachers picked the schools they went to and all went on to schools with higher functioning students. They no longer taught the lowest performing students in the city but used the skills acquired in this school to help everyone. Most are retired now, but all were respected and considered master teachers.
Kudos to the teachers in the difficult schools. It takes a special kind of person to work there. Politics and economics is making it impossible to see the value of an education beyond a test score, but the kids in these schools are gaining immeasurable wealth from the ones teaching them
(Picture is a money coffin from the Funeral Museum in Houston. I thought it went well with the way politics is pushing education today.)