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Protestors wave signs and chant on Wednesday outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters, 125 S. Clark St. They opposed putting three CPS in "turnaround" and handing them over to a private operator. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Despite pleas, CPS turns three schools over to private operator

Former Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) | File photo

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Protestors wave signs and chant on Wednesday outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters, 125 S. Clark St. They opposed putting three CPS in "turnaround" and handing them over to a private operator. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Despite pleas, CPS turns three schools over to private operator

Despite impassioned pleas from residents, parents, teachers and administrators — and sign-carrying protests outside — the Chicago Public Schools board voted Wednesday to “turn around” three elementary schools, laying off all teachers and staff and handing operations over to a private company.

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