Chicago teachers protest school closures

Move to close schools to plug $1bn budget shortfall denounced for allegeldy targeting poor students.

Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 09:17
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Thousands of teachers in the third-largest US city of Chicago are protesting against plans to shut down schools in poor neighbourhoods.

The city's council said the closures are needed to plug a $1bn budget gap.

Critics of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, however, said he is targeting schools with mostly low-income and minority students.

Al Jazeera's Diane Eastabrook reports.


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