CPS School Closings: At Least 50 Schools To Be Closed, District Expected To Announce Thursday (VIDEO)

Source: The Huffington Post

Chicago Public Schools on Thursday is expected to announce their plan to close at least 50 schools, according to a report published Wednesday evening.

City Hall insiders told the Chicago Sun-Times that the district had notified aldermen representing wards that are home to schools that are set to be closed, including Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), who said he was told both Mahalia Jackson Elementary and Garrett A. Morgan Elementary are on the list reportedly set to be unveiled Thursday.

The number of schools the district will close could be as many as 55, according to another report by DNAinfo Chicago, closures that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said would send the district “into chaos.”

A CPS spokeswoman told NBC Chicago the “about 50” figure reported by the Sun-Times was “inaccurate.” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement late Wednesday that she will be making her closure recommendations “soon” so that “we can get those students safely into a higher performing school that will have all the things they need to learn and succeed,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

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