CPS Chief Defends Move Closing, Reorganizing Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

At the end of a tumultuous week, Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard took to the pulpit at a storied South Side church on Sunday to defend the controversial decision to close or turnaround struggling schools.

“I argue and I beg that we can no longer accept a status quo that has failed our students year after year – because that’s exactly what has happened for decades,” Brizard told hundreds of parishioners at Apostolic Church of God in the Woodlawn community. “And it needs to stop.”

Speaking to reporters after the address, Brizard downplayed criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union and theRev. Jesse Jacksonthat the closures and turnarounds amounted to educational “apartheid”

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