Chicago School Closings Have Parents Worried About Safety

Source: Dean Reynolds / CBS News

CHICAGO – Street violence is among the many concerns Chicago parents have as their children are forced to move to new schools. It’s part of one of the biggest mass closing of public schools in American history.

“We have to fix our schools and in order to do that, we cannot continue to operate when we have too many schools for the number of students we have,” said Andrea Zopp of the Chicago Board of Education.

The board says Chicago has 145,000 fewer school-age children than it did in 2000, though the number is in dispute. Combine that with a billion-dollar school budget deficit, and cutting some schools made sense to city officials.

Chicago is not alone. Philadelphia is closing 23 schools. Washington, D.C. is closing 15.

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