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Karen Lewis, center, President of the Chicago Teachers Union addresses other opponents of a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools during a demonstration and march through Chicago's downtown Wednesday, March 27. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett say the closings are necessary because too many CPS facilities are half-empty and academically failing. They say shuttering buildings will allow the district to move students to higher quality schools and help trim a $1 billion budget shortfall. Opponents say the plan disproportionately affects minority students and won't save money. AP Photo

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