CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students are heading to new schools as the third-largest district in the nation embarks on what Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called "a new beginning."
Many students will walk newly designated "Safe Passage" routes Monday. Workers hired to help students get to and from school safely will be stationed along those routes, as well as police, firefighters and even public library security guards.
It's all part of ensuring a smooth transition as CPS and Emanuel try to turn around the struggling educational system.
CPS announced in May it would close about 50 schools and programs.
Critics worried kids would have to cross gang boundaries to get to new schools. But CPS officials say expanding Safe Passage will help ensure students are safe.