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Here's how you know that Chicago officials are expecting a rowdy turnout at a mass rally called for Wednesday afternoon to protest the announced closings of more than 50 schools this year:

Chicago says it will close 54 schools this year; Chicago Teachers Union leader says the closings are a travesty -- and worse.

Chicago Public Schools officials are considering closing as many as 129 under-enrolled schools and activists are gearing up for a fight.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was arrested along with 18 other activists today in Philadelphia as they were protesting the closing of public schools.

Philadelphia's School Reform Commission is about to decide whether to go ahead with an unprecedented and controversial plan to close 29 public schools. Do school closings really accomplish what advocates say they will? No.

A number of school systems around the country are looking to close big numbers of public schools, ostensibly to save money. But it doesn't always turn out that way. Here's a look at why these plans don't accomplish what they backers say they will.

Dozens of Michigan schools started the holiday break two days early because of distractions caused by rumored threats of violence and issues with end-of-the-world prophecies. Following are statements from officials in the two counties explaining why.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has released her plan to close 20 schools, prompting a hailstorm of criticism from parents (though the Washington Post editorial board approved it, her). Here a D.C. schools parent explains why the closings could create far more problems than they solve.