Chicago Public Schools pulls proposal for new $120M Near South Side high school for now, before school board vote
CHINATOWN — Amid mounting concerns, Chicago Public Schools is postponing plans to build a new $120 million high school on the Near South Side to give district officials time to resolve community questions.
The unexpected delay comes after years of pressure from leaders in Chinatown and some surrounding communities, who want the school district to build a new high school for students in the area because they say current options are too far away and low-performing.
The proposed project unveiled earlier this month would construct a high school on Chicago Housing Authority land where the Harold Ickes Homes once stood near 24th and State streets.
CPS CEO Pedro Martinez made the unexpected announcement early during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting where members were set to vote on the proposed high …
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