Independent hearing officers oppose 11 school closings

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Reports published Monday night show that independent hearing officers do not think CPS has proved its case for closing 11 schools. The hearing officers said that CPS did not follow policies and laws in deciding to close Buckingham, Calhoun, Delano, King, M. Jackson, Manierre, Mayo, Morgan, Overton and Williams Elementary and Middle school. Also, a hearing officer suggested CPS delay the consolidation of Stewart and Stockton in order to address safety concerns. 

In addition, a hearing officer recommended against the co-location of Bowen High School with Noble Street.

The hearing officers cited safety concerns, said some schools were not higher performing enough to be a welcoming school and also that CPS should have taken special education students into account in their utilization formula. 

CPS will host a media call this morning. More information to follow.

CPS released this fact sheet in response to the officer’s reports.