The Chicago Public Schools administration is currently holding public hearings around its plan to close and consolidate over 50 schools this year. What distinguishes these meetings from those that came before, and what are they meant to accomplish?

In the summer of 2010 the CPS administration laid off over 1,300 teachers. When some applied for new teaching positions within CPS, they found that someone had secretly changed their personnel records—preventing them from ever teaching again in Chicago public schools, and maybe elsewhere.

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