Teachers unions and outraged citizens in Puerto Rico are vowing to fight the government\u0026#039;s newly-announced plan to close nearly a third of its public schools.Puerto Rico\u0026#039;s Education Department said Thursday that 283 schools would close by the start of the new school year, leaving open just 828.\u0022I don’t even know where the schools they\u0026#039;re being located to are,\u0022 said Haydee Del Valle, a parent of a 12-year-old who attends one of the schools slated for closure. \u0022I don\u0026#039;t know if they\u0026#039;re too far away from us or if the school bus they take now will be able to take them there,\u0022 she told NBC News. \u0022This makes me sad because this is a great school.\u0022\u0022We know it\u0026#039;s a difficult and painful process,\u0022 said Education Secretary Julia Keleher, a charter school proponent. She added, \u0022Our children deserve the best education that we are capable of giving them taking into account Puerto Rico\u0026#039;s fiscal reality.\u0022The announcement of which schools would be closed follows Gov. Ricardo Rossello signing into law controversial education \u0022reform\u0022 legislation that will include charter schools at 10 percent of the island\u0026#039;s schools and private school vouchers for 3 percent of its students. It also comes on the heels of Jose Carrion, the chair man of the unelected board overseeing the debt-burdened island\u0026#039;s finances, declaring, \u0022Broad and deep reforms are vital to Puerto Rico\u0026#039;s future.\u0022\u0026nbsp;The Puerto Rico Teachers Association (Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico) immediately denounced the announcement.Aida Diaz, president of the union, said, \u0022The harm that the education secretary is causing children and their parents is immeasurable.\u0022\u0022No one in their right mind acts the way she\u0026#039;s acting,\u0022 Diaz continued, referring to Keleher. \u0022This unjustified school closure responds to her exclusive work forwarding an agenda in favor of private companies that she will enrich by turning over our children\u0026#039;s public education funds to them.\u0022\u0022We are on the side of all the school communities, and together we\u0026#039;ll go to battle to avoid these discriminatory and injust school closures,\u0022 Diaz said.Another treachers group, La Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR), for its part, called the closures \u0022an assault on public education.\u0022Education historian Lauren Lefty recently argued that Puerto Rico\u0026#039;s public school system has been a key target\u0026nbsp; of the government\u0026#039;s austerity measures since the \u0022vulture fund-fueled debt crisis\u0022 began. The island, of course, is also still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Maria which include, among other things, severe damage and the extended closure of many of the island\u0026#039;s schools.