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CPS Parents Group Sets Up Accountability Line

Parents of displaced students urged to report problems with new schools

Monday, Aug 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:25 PM CDT
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A group of CPS parents of displaced students are keeping a close eye their kids' new schools.

They've organized a group called "Parents '4' Teachers" urged parents who experience problems with the accepting schools to call a hotline: 773-916-7484.

The group has been vocal about the school closings ever since CPS officials announced their intention to close schools.

They maintain that sending the children to new schools puts thousands of students in danger due to neighborhood violence, the closing disproportionately impact low-income children of color and that CPS is trying to break the Chicago Teacher's Union by opening new charter schools at taxpayer expense.

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