The reckoning for Chicago Public Schools - chicagotribune.com: "Chicago Public Schools officials won a four-month reprieve from state lawmakers recently so they won't have to produce a list of proposed school closings until March 31. That brings to mind boxer Joe Louis' famous taunt aimed at challenger Billy Conn: He can run, but he can't hide. The day of reckoning for CPS is approaching. As many as 80 to 120 half-empty schools could be slated for closing. CPS has never shut that many schools in a single year. Not even close. All reasons why CPS has to level with parents, students and taxpayers. CPS begged the Legislature to push back a Dec. 1 deadline to release a school closing list, saying it didn't have such a list and needed to hear from parents. The Tribune report this week that CPS in September prepared a detailed plan — targeting 95 schools to be closed or consolidated, eight to be turned around and 17 to face eventual closing — gives new reason to question the credibility of school officials."
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