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On CPS School Closings, Barbara Byrd-Bennett Asks Public to Remain Engaged

By DNAinfo Staff on February 18, 2013 3:28pm

  Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is asking the public to stay involved in school-closing process.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is asking the public to stay involved in school-closing process.
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CHICAGO — As Chicago Public Schools officials zero in on the final list of schools to close this year, schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett says public engagement is essential at upcoming meetings around the city.

“I need as much feedback as possible to inform my decisions and my ultimate recommendations to the Board of Education," Byrd-Bennett said in a statement. "Every voice matters in ensuring a high-quality, well-rounded education for every student in every neighborhood.”

Last week, the district released a list of 129 schools, about a fifth of all the district's schools, that might be on the final chopping block when the final list is announced at the end of March.