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By Tanya Basu/MEDILL

Zaria Brim is a 7th grade honors student at Peabody Elementary. She is devastated that her school is slated for closure.

Peabody Elementary braces for decision

by Tanya Basu and Paige Sutherland
May 21, 2013

By Tanya Basu and Paige Sutherland/MEDILL

Like many cities, Chicago has financial problems. CPS says closing this school along with 53 other schools will save the city hundreds of millions of dollars — money that can be used to improve schools that remain open. But critics say the closures have been hastily planned and could put students at risk.

Elizabeth Peabody Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side is on the chopping block.  Ninety-five percent of the students are low income; 76 percent are Latino.