Lawmakers pass school closings proposal

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Proposed legislation that would place a one-year moratorium on school closings and turnarounds passed unanimously Thursday in the Illinois House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee. Teachers and members of grassroots groups deluged committee members with phone calls in support of the proposal, sponsored by state Rep. Cynthia Soto and 19 other lawmakers. The proposal would also require CPS to craft a facilities plan. For more, see the Notebook Blog.