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Mayor, CPS Chief Discuss Next Steps

  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Published in Chicago

    The day after the Chicago School Board voted to close dozens of public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS chief Barbara Bennett-Byrd are focused on trying to look ahead.


    The pair met with local media Thursday morning at Brennaman Elementary School on the North Side, a facility that will be acting as a welcoming school for one of the 49 elementary schools and one high school that will be shut down.


    Byrd-Bennett says the students are registering at their new schools immediately, and hopes that it will have a better sense of where the students will be by May 31.


    The fight against the school closings isn't completely over, however. Also on Thursday, a four-day hearing was scheduled for July to consider a case filed by the Chicago Teacher's Union on behalf of parents in opposition to the closings.


    Byrd-Bennett says she understands the high level of emotions involved with the decision to close the schools, but doesn't take it personally.



    (Photo: NBC Chicago screen shot.)

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