Emanuel fires back at critics who say CPS closings racist
Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed his public schools chief amid charges that the plan to close 54 schools is racist, and leveled criticism at the Chicago Teachers Union for what he said was its inability to articulate an alternative to continuing with a failed status quo.
CPS chief lashes back at critics who call closings racist
Defending the district’s plans to close more than 50 schools, Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Wednesday lashed back at critics who have called the closings racist.
Loop rally, march target CPS closings
A rally to protest school closings led by the Chicago Teachers Union at Daley Plaza in the Loop got under way at about 4 p.m. Estimates from police about the crowd ranged from under a thousand people to 2,500 people.
CPS closings' impact: 30,000 kids
Plan would shutter 61 buildings With Chicago Public Schools facing a financial meltdown, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration on Thursday targeted 61 school buildings for closing, unleashing a torrent of criticism from anxious parents, children and teachers as well as aldermen.
CPS to close 61 school buildings
After months of suspense and anxiety, Chicago school officials announced Thursday that they planned to close 61 school buildings, nearly 13 percent of the total number of schools in the district in what shapes up to be one of the largest mass school shutdowns in U.S. history.