54 schools have been targeted for closure because they are under-performing or under-enrolled.
Most are in predominantly black neighborhoods.
But CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told a school board meeting, “When status quo is not working, change is inevitable. What I cannot understand, and what I will not accept are charges that the proposals I am offering are racist.”
Outside the school board meeting, some angry teachers marched to protest the impending closings.
CEO Bennett says, real racism is allowing children to keep attending failing schools.