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Why One Of Indiana's Largest Public School Systems Is Slowly Disappearing

A sign outside Jefferson Elementary School at 601 Jackson St. in Gary, Ind. (Michael Puente/WBEZ)
A sign outside Jefferson Elementary School at 601 Jackson St. in Gary, Ind. (Michael Puente/WBEZ)

The public school system in Gary, Indiana, used to be one of that state’s largest. People called it a model district. Among its graduates: a Nobel economist, successful business leaders and entertainers.

But today, Gary is having trouble meeting payroll and it’s shutting down some schools. Michael Puente ( @MikePuenteNews) from Here & Now contributor WBEZ explains what happened.

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