The Chicago Board of Education is considering on Wednesday whether to approve 17 new charter schools.
The proposal is drawing sharp opposition and strong support.
Several people against an expansion spent Tuesday night outside Chicago Public School headquarters in the bitter cold as a sign of protest.
“We trying to get our neighborhood schools back,” said Adourthus McDowell, a CPS parent.
The Chicago Teachers Union says adding charter schools is an insult, especially in the wake of last year’s historic school closings.
But, CPS says its decisions reflect its commitment to its students.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools says expansions aren’t an effort to privatize, but rather to offer a more high quality education.
Ten charter schools are already approved for next year. CPS wants to add a total of 60 by 2017.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.