Chicago is taking drastic measures to tackle a $1 billion deficit gripping the city’s pockets. It has been revealed that the city will close 54 schools in the nation’s third largest school-district.
R&B singer Tyrese recently weighed in on the impending cuts and school closings.
The “Signs” singer took to Twitter to slam Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s controversial decision.
“CC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING AND PRISONS ARE OPENING!” he wrote.
The decision will affect 30,000 students, according to the Huffington Post.
Parents angered by city’s decision took to the streets to protest.
Some held signs that read “Just Say No To School Closings,” “CPS Segregation Policies Are Unfair And Unequal.”
Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett broke the news last week.
“Every child in every neighborhood in Chicago deserves access to a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in life, but for too long children in certain parts of Chicago have been cheated out of the resources they need to succeed because they are in underutilized, under-resourced schools,” she said, according to Fox News. “As a former teacher and a principal, I’ve lived through school closings and I know that this will not be easy, but I also know that in the end this will benefit our children.”
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