Chicago Public school announced today the 54 schools that will close or change and the 61 buildings that will shut down.
The cuts will be in place the next school year.
It’s the largest the largest mass school shutdowns in U.S. history.
The Chicago Teachers Union calls it a policy without a plan and says it’s being kept in the dark by the Board of Education.
They say, to see the truth you need look no further than where many of the proposed school closings are, some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
“This policy is racists. It’s classist,” says CTU president Karen Lewis.
But Chicago Public Schools, facing a billion dollar deficit, promised today that when it’s done, students will have more access than ever to the latest educational tools. It is part of an investment it’ll be free to make when 54 under-used schools and programs are gone.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is on vacation with his family, issued a statement saying, in part, “By consolidating these schools, CPS can focus on safely getting every child into a better performing school. Our children’s futures are bright and consolidating schools is the best way to make sure all of our city’s students get the resources they need to learn and succeed.”
CPS had until the end of the month to make its proposals.
Union leaders are preparing a major rally’s set for next Wednesday at the Daley Center.