CPS commission: Don't shut down high schools


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Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:24 am
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CHICAGO (AP) A panel appointed to review possible Chicago public school closures and consolidations is recommending that all current high schools stay open.

The eight-member Commission on School Utilization was appointed by CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett. It issued early recommendations Thursday that include not targeting any high schools for closure.

It also recommends keeping open high-performing schools, those with more than 600 students and those close to meeting the enrollment standards. The district faces a $1 billion deficit and says it could save money by closing schools with low student populations.

Thursday's preliminary report also recommends that recently consolidated schools and those designated for 'academic turnaround' remain open.

The final recommendations are expected in early March, and the district is expected to close some schools at the end of the school year.














 



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