April 2012 – The District releases a consultant report recommending closure of 64 schools over five years as a matter of financial survival.
Summer 2012 – Drew, Harrison, Levering, FitzSimons, High School for Business, and the high school at Rhodes are closed.
Fall 2012 – The District holds seven community meetings to seek general feedback about more planned closings. More than 500 people participate, answering questions regarding such topics as school co-location, K-8 schools vs. middle schools, and the need for walkable options.
October 2012 – ACTION United files a civil rights complaint against the District alleging that the schools closed in 2012 served a disproportionately high percentage of Black students.
November 2012 – Invoking its special, state-granted powers, the School Reform Commission waives the state requirement that it hold hearings on individual school closings three months before a final decision.
Dec. 13, 2012 – Superintendent William Hite announces the plan to close or relocate 44 schools by September, 2013; 37 buildings will close. In addition, 23 schools will change grade configurations; four will become elementary schools. Some 60 schools will receive students displaced by closings.