National spotlight: Chicago school closings
If any one issue has dominated national education news in the last couple weeks, it’s been the proposed school closings in
The proposal to close the schools, which have predominantly black student populations, has prompted protests and charges of racism from the Chicago Teachers Union. The school district has said it needs to close under-enrolled schools to save money.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel –
It’s certainly not the first clash between Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union. Teachers went on strike last year over pay and contract issues.