Chicago Plans to Shut 2 Grade Schools, Phase out 2 High Schools

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled the next phase of their district reorganization, announcing they will seek to close two underperforming elementary schools and begin to phase out two troubled high schools next school year.

Among the closings CPS will recommend to the school board in February is Guggenheim Elementary in Englewood, a school that fought its way off the closings list almost two years ago but consistently ranks among the lowest-performing schools in Illinois. Those students will be transferred to Bond Elementary, a higher-performing school four blocks away, and eventually other neighborhood students will go to Stagg Elementary, which is slated for a turnaround next year.

Price Elementary in the North Kenwood neighborhood, a school whose enrollment has sunk below half capacity in recent years as students were diverted to other schools or fled the area, also is recommended to be closed. The district is arranging bus service for the next four years to transport Price students to a charter school, National Teachers Academy, four miles north.

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