Far Fewer Chicago Schools May Close This Year

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The commission on school closings has told Chicago Public Schools officials that shutting a large number of schools would create too much upheaval, and that it is leaning toward a recommendation for closing far fewer schools than many have feared — possibly as few as 15, sources said.

The findings of the Commission on School Utilization have intensified the debate over school closings within CPS, which has until March 31 to produce a list of schools that will be shut down.

Sources said some district officials are now looking at the possibility of closing fewer than 50 schools because commission members have found that a higher number would be untenable.

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