TUSD votes to close schools

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They tried to do it two years ago -- and didn't. But Tuesday night, the Tucson Unified School District governing board did bite the bullet and vote to close schools.

Three schools ended their existence Tuesday night. And unlike two years ago when protests by parents and staff stopped an effort to close schools -- Tuesday night, there was barely a whimper.

And much has to do with how it was handled. Two years ago, it was the central office which initiated the process to close the schools. This year, obviously tight budgets and low enrollment caused the process to begin in the neighborhoods and with site councils, and work its way to the governing board.