Chicago Public Schools Offer Escalates School Closing Fears

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chicago Public Schools leadership offered a trade Monday as it tries to win state lawmakers' support for a key school reform measure: Agree to push back the announcement of what schools will close until spring, and the district will put a five-year moratorium on shutting more buildings.

The offer, however, heightened concerns in some quarters over how extensive the school closings will be, even as fear remains that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's CPS team is seeking the delay to run out the clock on those who will oppose the closings.

"The fact they're suggesting a moratorium after this year suggests they might close more schools than they otherwise may have done because it's their last chance," said Julie Woestehoff, executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education. "That's a recipe for chaos."

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