Chicago alters disputed school closures plan after feedback

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools officials are changing a disputed plan that would have shuttered four high schools this summer in one of the city's highest-crime and most impoverished areas to make way for a new $85 million school.

Schools chief Janice Jackson said Monday that she listened to community feedback. Residents at neighborhood meetings had blasted the plan that would have displaced hundreds of students.

The new plan calls for one existing school to close for the new school to be built there. Officials will delay closing three others until current students graduate.

A school board vote could take place Feb. 28.

Initially, district officials cited low enrollment, among other things, with roughly 500 students among the four schools.

The plan came five years after Chicago closed roughly 50 schools, the largest mass closure in an American city.

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