Chicago school closings worry poor neighborhoods

Monday, August 12, 2013

To Carolyn Lang, West Pullman Elementary is more than the school across the street her children attended a quarter-century ago.

It's where she turned for help when the lock on her front door froze and where school workers watch from their windows to make sure she doesn't fall victim to crime in an impoverished corner of the city wracked by violence, including two men found shot to death in a car just days ago.

But no more. West Pullman is one of nearly 50 Chicago schools the city closed last spring as part of aggressive cost cutting that calls for the single largest closing of schools in any American city in years.

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