School Closures Pit Race And Poverty Against Budgets

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In Chicago, parents are fighting to prevent the city from closing 54 public schools. The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally against the cost-cutting proposal next week.

School closings are nothing new, but in a growing number of districts around the country, what was once seen as a local decision to close schools has now morphed into a politically charged campaign.

People opposed to school closings have almost never organized beyond their own neighborhoods, let alone marched on Washington, until recently.

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