4 Chicago schools saved ahead of today’s vote on closures

A new report says four Chicago Public Schools are being pulled off the proposed closings list.

The Sun-Times says schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett will withdraw her recommendations to shut down the following elementary schools:

  • Marcus Garvey and Mahalia Jackson on the South Side
  • Leif Ericson on the West Side
  • George Manierre on the Near North Aide

Byrd-Bennett is also expected to postpone the closing of Miriam G. Canter until next year, and let Clara Barton Elementary School improve itself instead of turning it around.

The news comes as the Board of Education prepares to vote on the closures Wednesday. Critics are fighting the proposal until the end.

The school board will now vote Wednesday whether to close 50 schools.

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, people protesting the closures gathered in front of Board of Education headquarters

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