Updated 08/26/13 – 11:24 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A new chapter began for the Chicago Public Schools on Monday, following major budget cuts and the closings of dozens of schools.
The first day of classes began for 400,000 students, after several years of CPS operating on two different calendars – a traditional September-to-June schedule for most schools, and a “year-round” schedule with a much shorter summer break, but more shorter breaks throughout the year.
The new year also means a new school for nearly 13,000 students whose old school was closed this summer, after the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program.
Two of those elementary school closures are being delayed, but with 47 other elementary schools now closed, approximately 12,700 students are attending new schools this fall.