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Last day for some Chicago schools slated to close

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:10 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 3:11 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — It is the last day of class for more than two dozen Chicago public schools that are scheduled to close their doors for the last time.

The city's Board of Education voted last month to close 50 schools and programs. Students at several of those schools said goodbye Wednesday to their teachers and schools.

Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Becky Carroll says it was the last day of classes for about a third of the city's schools. She says 28 of those schools are slated to be shuttered.

Classes at the rest of the city's schools will end next week.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Wednesday that there's a need to help students have a "safe and smooth transition to their new school in the fall."

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