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Education Wed Feb 22 2012

Struggling High School to be Converted, Kept Open

Richard T. Crane Technical Preparatory High School (Crane High School), on the Near West Side, will become a high school focused on training students to enter the medical field, rather than being closed.

"I am pleased that the Crane Coalition, led by CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and Illinois State Senator Annazette Collins, has come to an agreement with CPS and members of the local community," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a press statement.

"It looks like we saved Crane HS," said Ald. Bob Fioretti in a tweet, whose 2nd ward includes Crane.

Crane High School was to be closed in what Brizard called a phasing out of the "worst of the worst" schools.

In the past year, the school had a graduation rate of 48 percent, and average daily attendance was 58 percent. The school's progress report can be found online here.

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