Hundreds of Puerto Rican Schools Close Amid Debt Crisis
It’s a fiscal necessity. With the U.S. territory ordered to cut $40 million per month from its budget, about 300 schools are facing closure. Federal officials say it’s about efficiency, citing empty classrooms and wasted resources, but teachers’ unions argue that the closures, plus plans to eliminate two school days a month and freeze teachers’ salaries for 13 years, will leave students underserved. They’re also kicking back against the New York-based governing board overseeing Puerto Rico’s affairs, with some skeptical that mainlanders have the island’s best interests in mind.