Chicago changes controversial closure of schools, plan after feedback

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials are changing a controversial plan that would have shuttered the four high schools this summer in one of the city with the highest crime and most deprived areas to make way for a new $85 million school.

Schools chief Janice Jackson said Monday that they listened to the feedback of the community. Residents at neighborhood meetings had blasted the plan would have displaced hundreds of students.

The new plan calls for an existing school to close for the new school to be built. Officials delay closing three others until the current students graduated.

A school board vote can take place Feb. 28.

In the first instance, district officials cited low enrollment, among other, with about 500 pupils of the four schools.

The plan came five years after Chicago closed about 50 schools, the largest mass closure in an American city.

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