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Closing Schools Vote Delayed, Move Draws Criticism

A request to hold off on deciding whether to close schools is getting some criticism. School Superintendent Carol Johnson is asking the school committee to wait another month before voting on her proposal to close and consolidate several schools.

Johnson says she wants people to understand her plan is not just about a few schools.

"We have a major challenge to make sure that all of our schools serve all students well, and we have a challenge around making sure that we can be fiscally responsible with the public's resources," Johnson says.

But president of the Boston Teachers Union, Richard Stutman, says the real issue is largely outside of the public domain.

"There is no chance for parents, for example, to take a look at the entire budget. There's a chance for parents to only look at the issue of whether or not three or four or five schools should be closed," Stutman says.

The school committee could take up the proposal next month.

This program aired on November 2, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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