Chicago officials reveal plans to shutter 61 schools

03/22/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Chicago city officials announced plans Thursday to cut costs by closing 61 city schools -- affecting 30,000 students who attend mostly low-performing, under-enrolled schools in primarily African-American neighborhoods. Officials say the move is expected to eventually conserve resources by creating a smaller school footprint and help chip away at next year's anticipated $1 billion deficit. Some critics, however, say they are concerned that displaced students will have to make longer -- and potentially more dangerous -- walks to school.

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