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January 28th May be the Last Opportunity to be Heard

As a follow-up to the previous post, I just received this information:

CPS may still close high schools; no list till February of schools facing action

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 10:18 AM PST

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett agrees with the recommendation of her hand-picked Commission on School Utilization to include school performance among the criteria for school closing decisions, but she may still close one or two high schools and could veer from other recommendations.

The commission’s interim report,  released last week, said the district should not shut down any high schools because of safety concerns as students cross gang boundaries traveling to new schools.

Byrd-Bennett also said the list of schools that could be shut down won’t be announced before the first set of community hearings on the closings. Last week, she had said the list would be published before the hearings started.

 At the first round of community hearings (two to be held in each network), CPS officials will present “high-level” information about the schools in the community. The first hearing will be at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Truman College. After that, they take place nearly every day through February.

By Feb. 13, the list will be complete and the second round of community hearings will take place.

If I am reading this correctly, this will be the last meeting in our area before a final list of schools is released.  This only reiterates how important it is to be at Truman College on the 28th!

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