The 21st Show

Decatur school closure exposes gaps in state-required inspections

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Warning tape and a "Keep Out" sign cordons off Dennis Lab School's Kaleidoscope Campus in Decatur on June 27, 2023. Emily Hays/Illinois Public Media

Decatur Public Schools recently closed two school buildings that were over 100 years old. This could potentially cost millions of dollars for the relocation of 500 students elsewhere while repairs are underway. Additionally, we talked about the lack of structural inspections in public schools in Illinois.


Emily Hays
Education Reporter, Illinois Public Media News