Few Chicago school closings will move kids to top-performing schools

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The biggest reason Chicago’s school district says it’s closing 53 grammar schools is to give students a better education.

Here’s what Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters shortly after the closings were announced:

“The status quo is not working, and it’s falling woefully short for the children of the City of Chicago, regardless of where they live and regardless of their circumstances. Every one of the children—if they go to a better school—can achieve.”

During two months of public hearings and debate, Emanuel has reiterated that claim, and CPS has promised that every student from a closing school will be sent to a better performing “welcoming” school.

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