Chicago, Illinois - February 22, 2016
Troy Ratliff, at left, and William Farmer, two members of the State Charter School Commission, were present during a public hearing for the community to speak about the proposed closing of the Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. Also pictured is Hosanna Mahaley-Jones, the former D.C. State Superintendent of Education.
Chicago Public Schools designated for closure the Barbara Ann Sizemore Academy, one of Chicago's storied African-centered schools. CPS has $6.2 billion in outstanding debt, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has recommended that the schools declare bankruptcy and allow the state to take over.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times 30186658A