Teachers Unions

Chicago Teachers Union Digs in Against Closure of Failing Schools

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CHICAGO | More than a month after Chicago's first teachers strike in 25 years, union members are gearing up for what they say is their next big fight: possible school closures.

Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office have remained mum about any school closure plans, but it's been widely reported that an estimated 100 low-performing and under-enrolled public schools could face closure in an effort to save money in the financially stricken district.

According to CPS reports, 250 schools were on probation for poor performance during the 2011-12 school year. Many of them have held that status for several years.