Independent Hearing Officers Oppose Plans to Close 13 Chicago Schools

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

According to reports made public Tuesday, hearing officers raised concerns about students being forced to walk through dangerous neighborhoods to reach new schools, or a lack of proof that new schools were better than the ones slated to close.

Hearing officers opposed closing Buckingham, Calhoun North, Delano, Mahalia Jackson, King, Manierre, Mayo, Morgan, Overton, Stewart, Stockton, and Williams Multiplex and Williams Preparatory Academy – which share the same campus.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Chicago Public Schools officials said, in the majority of cases, hearing officers found CPS complied with state-mandated guidelines for closing schools. In nine cases, hearing officers found CPS was not in compliance with those rules, but CPS officials dispute that.

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