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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Several city schools may be on the chopping block soon. Some of them were set to stay open but the district says a citywide review shows some schools need to close.

Gigi Barnett has reaction from parents and students.

City school leaders spent weeks thoroughly reviewing a long list of its schools. Armed with tough new standards, the district’s recommendations came this week. Among them: shut down seven schools in June.

One of them is Bluford Drew Jemison Stem Academy, an all-boys school in East Baltimore that’s looking for more students to enroll.

“That’s why I wanted to bring him here. It was an all-boys school and when I came to the orientation, it seemed good to me,” said parent Antonio Woodrum.

“Guess we’re going to be looking for a new middle school next year,” said Cassandra Thomas.

Parents at other schools may be in the same situation. Baltimore Talent Development High, Baltimore Community High, Bluford Drew Jemison East and West Academies, Baltimore Civitas Middle/High Schools and Baltimore Antioch and Liberation Diploma Plus High Schools are all on the chopping block for now.

School leaders blame low test scores and grades.

Some parents are shocked by the results.

“He loves this school. He does his homework; he doesn’t have any complaints about this school,” said Dennis Mason.

This is the first time school leaders have done a review of schools, programs and buildings at the same time. If the recommendations are approved, it would affect 3,000 students and dozens of programs.

School leaders plan to vote on the recommendations at a special board meeting next month.

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