CHICAGO (CBS) — On the eve of a Board of Education vote, and amid some vociferous opposition from teachers and some parents and students, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was standing by his plan to close more than 50 Chicago public schools.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports that the board is struggling with the fate of three to five schools on the list of 54 that CPS has targeted to close. In the end, experts believe the board will vote to close most, but not all, of the schools on that list.
Board member Jesse Ruiz was out on Monday, visiting Jesse Owens Elementary, one of the schools on the list getting some last minute attention.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Emanuel on Tuesday rejected any suggestions he has not listened to parents urging him not to close schools, or to close fewer of them, and he acknowledged the board could close fewer than what CPS officials have recommended.