Euphoria is over for Chicago schools that won reprieve, kept doors open

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Seven Chicago Public Schools that seemed doomed to go away in a record round of school closings won a last-minute reprieve in May that felt, said parents, miraculous.

“Thank God,” Crystal Cook, president of the Local School Council for Marcus Garvey, 10309 S Morgan, and a mother of four Garvey students, said at the time. “I got all my parents together, and we made it.”

But now that the euphoria’s worn off, an uncertainty has set in about what the upcoming school year could look like, given budget cuts at some of those schools. Indeed, the 2,100 layoff — including teachers and other CPS staff — announced last week reinforces that murky picture.

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