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The Fight For Manierre Elementary

By  Mark Konkol and Paul Biasco | May 20, 2013 12:30pm 

Mark Konkol and Paul Biasco of DNAinfo Chicago take an in-depth look at neighborhood conflicts and residents' fears over what might happen if Chicago Public Schools follows through with plans to shutter Manierre Elementary in Old Town, sending students into rival gang turf to attend Jenner Academy.
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OLD TOWN — After three days of marching against Chicago Public School closings, protesters are set to stop at Manierre Elementary Monday before teachers, parents and students make their way to the Daley Center for one final rally.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to close 54 schools as part of the largest school consolidation in U.S. history.

DNAinfo.com Chicago writer at large Mark Konkol and reporter Paul Biasco are following the story of Manierre — and the long-standing gang feud that has neighbors scared to death about what might happen if students from rival gang territories are merged at Jenner Academy next school year. 

Here's a running recap of stories, photos and videos detailing the fight to save Manierre — and, parents say, the lives of their children. It will be updated as the drama unfolds.