CPS to announce school closings; foes say they will target minorities

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (Antonio Perez / Tribune Photo)

After months of hearings and debate, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is ready to announce plans to close about 50 elementary schools, sources said, a number that quickly drew fire from aldermen and community leaders in the mostly African American neighborhoods that will be hardest hit.

“Rahm Emanuel, I’ve been a supporter of yours since Day 1, but you’ve done us wrong this time,” said Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th. “He’s forgetting about the people who helped put him in office.”

An announcement on school closings is expected Thursday.

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