Citing a need to close a looming
“billion dollar deficit” and to correct a “utilization crisis”, the Chicago Board
of Education voted to close 49 public schools and 1 high school program in June 2013.
The West Side took a significant hit.
23 of 49 schools are on the West Side of Chicago, representing 47% of all school closures in 2013.
The West Side is home to 17% of all schools in Chicago