Public schools

Fifty Public Schools To Close in Chicago

The city is a tad strapped


CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools plans to close as many as 55 elementary schools to help close a projected $400 million budget deficit, a source told Chicago Wednesday night.

A source who had discussions with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Administration and top CPS officials said Wednesday that "50 or 55 schools, probably under 60" are on the list to close.

Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has until March 31 to forward her final list of school closures to the board of education. A vote on the closings could come as soon as the April 3 board meeting.