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Independent hearing officers oppose 9 CPS school closures

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Independent hearing officers said Tuesday that they oppose nine of the Chicago Public School district's 54 planned school closings.

The nine opposed are:

  1. Closure of Overton and welcome at Mollison
  2. Closure of Buckingham and welcome at Montifiore
  3. Closure of Manierre and welcome at Jenner
  4. Closure of Mayo and relocation of Wells
  5. Closure of Calhoun and welcome at Cather
  6. Closure of Williams Elementary and Williams Middle and relocation of Drake to co-locate with Urban Prep
  7. Closure of King and welcome at Jensen
  8. Closure of Jackson and welcome at Fort Dearborn
  9. Closure of Morgan and welcome at Ryder

They're worried about safety, and the CPS' failure to show that students would be going to better schools.

The hearing officers' recommendations are due 15 days before a final vote by the Chicago Board of Education. That's expected to happen on May 22.

CPS has proposed closing 53 elementary schools and a high school program.

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