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Chicago Public Schools Expected To Announce Closing Of 50 Schools

Chicago Public Schools Expected To Announce Closing Of 50 Schools

As the school year started in September, officials were looking at closing 80 to 120 schools, sources said. In December, CPS officials said utilization would be the only factor considered for closing schools, reporting at the time that 330 of its 681 schools were underenrolled.

The district’s Commission on School Utilization this month said it had determined the district could safely close, consolidate or overhaul up to 80 schools.

While district officials said they are closing a large number of schools to address a budget shortfall, they have not released details on how much it will cost to shut down schools, provide extra security and safety programs for students, and equip receiving schools with promised upgrades like science labs, libraries and air conditioning.

District officials said they’ll pay for the investments by “redirecting resources from underutilized” schools, which will be closed.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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