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61 Chicago Schools Approved to be Closed

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On Wednesday, 61 Chicago schools were approved to be closed in what AFT President Randi Weingarten called the largest mass school closing in America's history. In a released statement, Weingarten called the decision political, and not in the best interests of children. In addition, he says these mass closings will destabilize neighborhoods and raises safety concerns for children in a city where there is already too much violence. The Chicago Board of Education reports the closings were due to under-enrollment and under-utilization, and as a result will produce savings and allow children to go to better quality schools.
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