Chicago Public Schools Closing Meeting Sparsely Attended

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

About 100 people came to a cavernous South Side church Monday for a meeting of a Chicago Public Schools commission charged with gathering community input on school closings.

The small turnout seemed to back concerns of those who oppose school closings that parents and community groups won't truly become engaged until a list of schools on the block is released by CPS. The district avoided a Dec. 1 deadline to produce such a list by winning a four-month extension from state legislators.

Lesley Austin Thomas, a CPS parent, complained that Monday's meeting at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago wasn't properly publicized. "We could have had this place filled," she said.

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