CHICAGO (CBS) — CPS will announce the closing of around 50 schools between now and March 31.
CPS has told some alderman on the Education Committee about the school closings.
Alderman Howard Brookins Junior’s 21st Ward is slated to lose two grade schools, the Mahalia Jackson and Garrett Morgan Schools. He says that he will fight to keep them open, particularly Jackson, which he says has developed a niche teaching deaf and hard of hearing students.
“It is a difficult decision and I don’t envy Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the CPS Board when they go through in making this decision. It is particularly tough and some things have to be cut,” said Brookins.
He says there are a handful of schools that are easy choices.
“After you get rid of the easy every other school gets hard and harder. I just want to make sure the case is made for each school that is closing,” said Brookins.