Chicago Tribune photographer Brian Cassella took photos on the social network of schools that were closed down this year to draw attention to this issue.
This year Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, closed down around 50 public schools due to budget cuts.
Cassella focused on two things as he went on his Instagramming spree: signs that teachers and students left behind and the architecture of the empty buildings.
It took Cassella around 12 hours to visit the 38 schools. Since he used his smartphone to take pictures, he was able to take photos of the school interiors as well.
View some of the Instagram photos in the gallery below. Click here to find more of Cassella’s Instagram photos.
Images by Brian Cassella