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School Closings Chicago Board

February 24, 2012 by staff 

School Closings Chicago Board, They came from across the city Wednesday, on foot and by the busload, many arriving before 5 a.m., to plead in vain that the Chicago school board reject plans to close or “turn around” 17 struggling schools.

For 3 1/2 hours, upset parents and community leaders, civic activists and union officials, teachers and students took their turns at the microphone. Some complained that they had been left out of the process. Some said they felt disrespected. Others said the conditions at the schools that Chicago Public Schools targeted aren’t as bad as the district wants people to believe.

At the end of the emotionally charged meeting, almost four hours after the community testimony had ended, board members quickly and unanimously approved the district’s full slate of closings, turnarounds and phaseouts. The handful of residents who had waited until 6 p.m. for the…

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