A specially appointed commission reported to the Chicago Public Schools that as many as 80 schools could be consolidated. The commission was handpicked by CPS chief Barbara Byrd Bennett. It was working from a list of 129 schools. In its final report the eight commissioners say CPS has the capacity to consolidate approximately 80 schools. Consolidate doesn’t necessarily mean close, so that number includes turnaround schools and co-locations where schools could potentially share space.