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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 Chicago . The nation’s third-largest school district plans to close 53 elementary schools and one high school program, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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.

(It’s worth noting, too, that Chicago is a minority-majority school district. Most of its students are black or Hispanic.)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel – Chicago schools are under mayoral control – has said the time for negotiating is over. The schools will close. That didn’t stop teachers from protesting in the streets Wednesday.

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.

Check out some of the stories about the school closings here, here and here.

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 5:11pm]


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