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CPS commission on school closings to meet Monday at UIC

Updated: December 27, 2012 6:27AM

The new Chicago Public Schools Commission on School Utilization looking at closing some city schools plans to meet Monday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The group does not plan to take public input at the “data-gathering session” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, though the public is welcome to attend.

CPS officials already have heard from aldermen last week upset about the prospect of massive school closings amid an expected charter school expansion.

The school district plans to ask the General Assembly to push back the Dec. 1 deadline for producing a school closing target list to March. Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) said that would only create another crisis because it would emerge too late to let kids in closing targets apply to selective enrollment or magnet schools.

Frank Clark, the head of the school utilization commission, told Fioretti his comments weren’t off the mark. “We’ll be in front of the General Assembly and they will make a decision,” he said.

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