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March 07, 2013

CPS panel: Up to 80 schools could close

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration could safely close or overhaul as many as 80 schools this year, according to the final report of a commission that just two months ago voiced misgivings about the district's ability to close a large number of schools without major upheaval.

The panel's recommendation — though filled with caveats — provides the mayor and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett with support as they prepare to file a final list of school closings with the school board by the end of the month.

The Commission on School Utilization, selected by Byrd-Bennett, noted in its interim report in January that the district had never shuttered more than a dozen schools in a single year and questioned whether closing many times that number was possible logistically.

Read the Full Story: Chicago Tribune