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Final day of marches in protest of school closures

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 7:50 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Chicago teachers, parents and students are hitting the streets for a third and final day of citywide marches in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to close dozens of schools.

Monday's activities will also include a downtown rally and delivering petitions calling for a moratorium on the closures to City Hall.

Hundreds have been crisscrossing city neighborhoods since Saturday morning. They oppose the plan to shut down 54 underutilized schools and the idea is to call attention to different city neighborhoods.

Emanuel and school officials say the closures will help close a $1 billion budget shortfall. But opponents say the closures will create safety concerns for students and unfairly impact minority students.

The Chicago Board of Education is expected to consider a vote on the plan at their Wednesday meeting.

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