CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of African-American business leaders is standing solidly behind Chicago Public Schools officials plan to close and consolidate some schools, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Standing right where an hour before angry parents criticized the school closings plan, members of the Business Leadership Council gave a vote of confidence.

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In front of the mayor’s office, Loop Capital Markets CEO James Reynolds said he and the others believe students will be better off in new and better schools.

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“With this plan, our children will have an opportunity to achieve the high quality education they need in order to be hired by the companies we represent and others in the Chicagoland area,” said Reynolds.

Former ComEd Chairman Frank Clark headed the school closing commission and says he is confident that officials will also have a solid plan to keep students safe moving to and from their new schools.

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