Chicago Tonight

It’s been five years since Chicago Public Schools carried out one of the largest waves of school closures in U.S. history, shuttering 50 “underutilized” schools with a plan to redirect resources and run the cash-strapped district more efficiently.

At the time, then-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told families that while the closings would not be easy, “I also know that in the end this will benefit our children.”