In the months before the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools next year, thousands of teachers, parents, and students pleaded for their schools to stay open during hearings and protests.

Journalists, meanwhile, tried to figure out if any of the shifting explanations for the plan were actually based in fact, since it was originally presented as a way to save money, then to improve school performance, then to cut the dropout rate. The answer: not exactly.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t attend any of the public hearings and was on a ski vacation when the closing list was released in March. Most recently, in the days leading up to the final decision, he largely avoided the public and the media.

In case you missed it, here’s the schedule he kept in the week before the board’s vote: