Why some schools won’t close

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Only four of the 18 schools tagged for chronic low performance will be closed or phased out next fall. Among the 14 spared are elementary schools with new principals and those that have already taken in students displaced by previous closings. Also allowed to remain open are elementaries that had no nearby school options for children who would be displaced. Schools that are partnered with the Chicago Teachers Union under the “Fresh Start” improvement program will remain open as well.

ELEMENTARY
Closing

New Principal

Displaced kids

No Transfer

Fresh Start

Burke

X

Earle

X

X

Faraday

X

Farren
X

Frazier
X

Lathrop

X

McNair

X

Medill

X

Morse
X

Nash

X

Ross

X

Sherman*

X

Smyth

X

X

Tilton

X

HIGH SCHOOL
Closing

New Principal

Displaced kids

No Transfer

Fresh Start

Collins
X

Harper

X

Robeson

X

Marshall**

X

*Sherman will reopen in the fall with a new principal and teachers under the management of the Chicago Academy for Urban School Leadership, which runs two other schools under contract with the district. Students will remain.

**Collins was closed instead of Marshall because displaced students would have a shorter commute time to other neighborhood high schools.

Source: Chicago Public Schools