|CHICAGO (AP)--It's the second day of citywide marches for Chicago teachers, parents and students opposed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close dozens of city schools.
Teachers are marching in different parts of the city and plan to converge in downtown on Monday. The idea is to call attention to different neighborhoods. The march routes go by several schools.
Emanuel wants to close 54 underutilized schools to help close a $1 billion budget shortfall. But parents and teachers say that would raise safety issues for students who may have to cross gang lines to get to a new school.
Opponents also say the closures unfairly impact minorities. Two lawsuits have been filed.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says the marches are to continue the fight for education justice.