Sources at city hall a decision has been reached on the closings of 52 Chicago Public Schools.
Sources say the number they say stood at around 60 earlier this week with political wrangling to save some schools still underway.
Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union President issues an angry and pointed response saying, “This city cannot destroy that many schools. It will send our district into chaos. These actions will put our students’ safety and academics at risk and will further destabilize our neighborhoods.”
She goes on to take a shot directly at the leadership of Chicago Public Schools, “We do not have a utilization crisis. What we have is a credibility crisis.”
On the list, the Sun Times reports, two schools in Alderman Howard Brookins’ 21st Ward, Mahalia Jackson and Garrett Morgan elementary schools.
Public schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett issued a statement of her saying in part, “For too long children in certain parts of Chicago have been cheated out of the resources they need to succeed in the classroom because they are in underutilized, under resourced schools. I will soon make recommendations on underutilized schools I believe we must consolidate so we can get those students safely into a higher performing school that will have all the things they need to learn and succeed.”
CPS has until March 31st to make its school closing recommendations.
CTU is planning a major rally over school closings at Daley Plaza one week from tonight.