Chicago Public Schools Proposes 54 Schools for Closure, Six for Turnaround

CPS lays out its final list, its plan for each school, and its schedule of public meetings to address the closures. Here it is at a glance.

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The final Chicago Public Schools list of closures (54), turnarounds (6) and co-locations is out (it’s also got the transition plans for each one and a schedule of community meetings). It’ll actually result in the closure of 61 buildings, as Linda Lutton explains.

* The average racial mix of the schools being closed is 88.6% black, 9.2% Hispanic, and 0.6% white, compared to 41.6%/44.1%/8.8%.

* Five of the 54 schools being closed are majority Hispanic; the other 49 are majority black. 

* The average low-income population of the schools being closed is 93.8 percent, compared to 87 percent overall.

* For the schools that have data going back to 2000 or 2001, the average drop in enrollment among the schools being closed is 47.4 percent.

Here’s the list at a glance, with demographic and performance stats via SchoolCuts.org; “utilized” refers to the Chicago Public Schools’ formula, which has been contested.

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