Chicago officials announced plans to close 54 schools, which include a total of 61 school buildings. The schools are set to close by August according to the announcement that came on March 21. The decision will go to a vote on May 22.
If the decision is passed, it will be the largest single closure of school buildings in the history of the United States. In the past, the district has never closed more than 11 schools in a single year. According to Chicago Public Schools, the closure will amount to 10 percent of all elementary school facilities.