|EDUCATIONAL INEQUALITY works this way: 'More than 400,000 students are enrolled in Chicago public schools, A LARGE MAJORITY OF BLACK OR or Hispanic low-income families.'...'The closings represent about 8 percent of the 681 public schools in Chicago, the THIRD-LARGESST school district in the country. 'Why close the schools? ' the district needs to reduce a $1 billion deficit....would save $560 million over 10 years.'
A first-grade teacher, said the school was not'underutilized.' With 22 students in her classroom, she said, 'I even think there should be a better ratio just because of the needs of 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds. We're fortunate to have 22 in the sense that other schools have over 30, but I still think it's really criminal.'
'The final decision came just two weeks after a state commission in Pennsylvania announced a decision to close 23 schools in Philadelphia.