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CPS decides to turn Austin school over to private group

by AustinTalks on March 24, 2014

Less than a year after closing four elementary schools in Austin, CPS has announced it will overhaul a fifth Austin school.

Chicago Public Schools said late last week it will designate Ronald E. McNair Elementary as a “turnaround” school; the privately run Academy for Urban School Leadership will operate the school starting with the 2014-2015 academic year.

CPS had considered closing McNair this past year, but officials decided in the end to keep the school – which educates a high number of special education students – off the closure list.

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, “So now as we look at our schools at the lowest trajectory, I don’t think we can just close an eye and say, ‘Well, we’re just going to move along.’  We’ve got to also take action.”

The Chicago Teachers Union told the Chicago Sun-Times the move will hurt students and the mostly African-American teachers who teach at McNair and two other turnaround schools.

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