Chicago Public Schools Votes To Triple The Budget For Boarding Up Shuttered Schools To $30.9 Million

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The Chicago Public School district will now pay triple the amount it originally budgeted to board up buildings it shuttered during this year’s massive wave of 50 school closures.

The board had approved the sweeping school closures as a purported cost-savings move, yet on Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted to pay $30.9 million to board up and secure 30 of the closed schools, the Sun-Times reports.

The board had initially approved an $8.9 million contract for the Ohio-based vendor Global Workplace Solutions in April, according to the Associated Press.

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