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A controversial plan to convert a high-performing Near South Side elementary school into a neighborhood high school will move forward, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday.

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Following a highly controversial move in 2013 to close 50 elementary schools, Chicago Public Schools has sought to sell the vacant properties. Find out who is buying the shuttered schools, how much they’re paying, and what the sites could be used for.

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School closings, ethics probes and more; we have the latest City Council news from our aldermanic roundtable.

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins us to discuss her Five Year Plan. 

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the nomination of Zachary Fardon as U.S. Attorney, and the impact of the school closings vote on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity.

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Now that the School Board has voted to close 50 schools, what happens next? We have analysis.

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After months of community meetings, debate and protest, the Chicago School Board is set to vote on possibly closing 54 schools. Elizabeth Brackett previews Wednesday's vote.

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Federal class action lawsuits were filed today on behalf of parents and the Chicago Teachers Union to stop the Chicago Board of Education from closing 53 elementary schools and one high school program. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest.

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We hear the latest plans for School Safety in the wake of CPS closings. Visit our Safe Passage story for web-exclusive videos and a detailed slideshow about the program, read a Q&A with CTU President Karen Lewis, view a map of closing and receiving schools, and a timeline of CPS closures. Read a recap of our live online chat.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists delve further into the CPS school closings in this web-exclusive conversation.

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See how the Illinois House voted on SB 0547 in our interactive graphic.

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Chicago Public Schools announced a five-year moratorium on school closings starting next fall. In exchange for the moratorium, CPS has requested an extension on announcing school closings from the Illinois General Assembly.