CHICAGO - Monday, Investors Business Daily tore into Democrat-controlled Chicago for school closings, liberal racism and the city's violence problem:
Racism: Facing a billion-dollar budget shortfall, the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close 54 schools, mostly in black and low-income neighborhoods, forces many students to cross gang boundaries to get a mediocre education.
Shuffling children around like so many deck chairs on a sinking ship, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the closings as a cost-cutting move, with CPS officials arguing that money being spent to keep underutilized schools open could be better used to educate students elsewhere as the district deals with a $1 billion budget deficit.
Indeed, over 200,000 persons left Chicago in the last decade, leaving behind empty desks and classrooms in old, high maintenance school buildings. The IBD editorial continues:
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About 30,000 students will be affected by the plan, with about half that number moving into the remaining schools. CPS claimed the plan could "save the district $560 million over 10 years in capital costs and an additional $43 million per year in operating costs."
Yet the suddenly cost-conscious CPS caved to the Chicago Teachers Union's demands in a recent strike.