The D-Word

In March 2013, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools across Chicago's South and West Sides—the largest number of schools closed simultaneously in American history. As a result over 30,000 Chicago Public School students ranging mostly from Kindergarten to 8th grade face displacement. This August, at the start of the new school year, these students will be forced to learn in crowded classrooms, attend new schools outside of their communities, cross dangerous gang lines and confront fierce school rivalries.

Our documentary "50: America's Historic School Closing" chronicles the events leading up to the closings and follows two students, Asean Johnson, 9, and Brian Stirgus, 17, in their struggle to unite their communities and save those schools targeted for closing—a majority of which are in low income, inner city communities with predominantly African American and Latino populations.


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