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Aldermen Raise Questions About City's School Closures

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Aldermen Raise Questions About City's School Closures

Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman (AP/File)

Protests are planned Tuesday morning at several schools slated to be closed by Chicago’s school district. The closings put schools chief Ron Huberman in the hot seat before aldermen Monday.

Huberman was called in by the Education Committee of Chicago’s City Council to explain the district’s criteria for closing schools.

But he spent part of his time there taking criticism from aldermen, who are considering a moratorium on the closings. Alderman Freddrenna Lyle is a cosponsor.

LYLE: Our resolution is nonbinding, but we wanted to get him in the room so we could say, ‘Hey, these are the things we think are wrong with what you’re doing.’ And then hopefully it will impact their decision on Wednesday.

That’s when the school board will consider closing five schools and firing all staff at five others.

Aldermen said the closings seem to be subjective, and sometimes based on bad or old data.

The committee took no formal action on the proposed moratorium. But Huberman agreed that changes are needed to the school closing process.

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