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Karen Lewis, center, president of the Chicago Teachers Union is joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, right, during a demonstration and march over the a plan to close 54 Chicago Public Schools 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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