Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the ribbon Thursday on a new high school in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, but the gleaming new facility contrasts sharply with the budget picture for the rest of the city’s neighborhood high schools.
Maxine Gladney has seen violence hit her schools, her community and her own family. As a janitor at a Chicago Public School, she worries that closing schools will make that violence even worse, leaving children without a safe haven.
The recent closure of 49 public elementary schools in Chicago has one local group alleging it's a human rights violation. We learn about the group's accusations, and talk to CPS' CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett about the district's budget.