CPS Introduces New District-Wide Schedule, As Classes Will Start in August

By DNAinfo Staff on January 19, 2013 2:34pm

 CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said no CPS high schools would be closed in school consolidation. The second round of community meetings will be held starting Jan. 28, according to a statement Friday.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said no CPS high schools would be closed in school consolidation. The second round of community meetings will be held starting Jan. 28, according to a statement Friday.
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CHICAGO — All Chicago Public School students will start the next school year before Labor Day, the school district announced Friday.

CPS unveiled a new calendar that also gives students a three-day Thanksgiving break and removes half days.

The district moved away from its current system that incorporates a traditional school year for some students and a longer one, with longer breaks, for others to one calendar for all students. The school year will begin Aug. 26 and end June 10, 2014.

The new calendar was put together in collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union and based on feedback from parents, students, teachers and principals gathered in an online survey, according to a statement.

Also announced Friday was a second round of community meetings to address concerns and gather feedback on CPS school closures.

The second round of community feedback meetings will be held Jan. 28 to March 4 in neighborhoods across the city.

Beginning Feb. 13, community members will be able to see a list of schools in their area that are still being considered for closure, according to a statement Saturday.

CPS plans to consolidate "underutilized" schools to make better use of CPS resources stretched "much too thin," according to a statement. However, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Friday no high schools or Level 1 schools - high-performing schools - would be closed.

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