More CPS schools close on final day of school year

Today is the last day of the school year in public schools across the city, and some schools are closing for good.

For 104 years Chicago students have been educated at the Trumbull Elementary School in the 5200 block of North Ashland Avenue. Today that all changed.

Students arrived this morning for what would be their last day of classes at Trumbull.

Thousands of CPS students being relocated as the remaining 21 schools slated for closure shut their doors today.

Next fall Trumbull students will be split between Chappell, McCutcheon or McPherson Schools.

Trumbull is one of 49 schools the CPS board is shutting down in the face of a massive budget deficit and empty classrooms.

Trumbull school librarian Ruth Resnick tells WGN it’s not her job, but the large number of special needs students at Trumbull that she is most concerned for.

A big issue with parents is getting children to their new schools through potentially unsafe neighborhoods.  For some parents, opening the shuttered schools is the only real solution.

Just this morning CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett announced a new proposal to add some 600 “safe passage” workers to keep kids safe.

The teachers union says it is simply not enough.

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