Chicago is not unique among large cities recently compelled by demographic changes, increasing pressure to deal with underperforming schools and competition from private and charter schools to close many campuses.
Though CPS is probably closing the greatest number of schools — 54 — at one time, this amounts to 13 percent of all system schools. This percentage has been exceeded by Detroit – 14 percent in 2006 -- and Kansas City, Mo. — an amazing 40 percent in 2010.
The fact that CPS is not alone, of course, does not diminish the anxiety and inconvenience understandably felt by the students, parents and CPS employees affected by this action. We can hope, however, CPS administrators have studied mass closings in other municipal systems and learned how to make the transition work for the good of all affected parties.
— Bob Foys, Chicago