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61 buildings targeted for closing in Chicago school system

The Chicago school system has targeted 61 school buildings for closing. The Chicago Tribune reports that the shutdowns would affect 30,000 students, almost all in grades K to 8 and most attending poorly performing schools in African-American neighborhoods on the South and West sides where enrollment has sagged in recent years. The district says it faces a projected deficit next year of $1 billion and is seeking to operate facilities more efficiently. But officials estimate that in the short term, school upgrades and enhanced security and other transition costs will add $233 million to expenses. Over the next decade, the district projects savings of $560 million from the closings.

RELATED: Read a Chicago Public Schools news release explaining the planned closings and other transitions.

MORE from Chicago Public Schools: The district's list of school closings, co-locations and turnarounds. (PDF file).


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