Chicago Board of Education considering 17 new charter schools

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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.

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  • bobhamiltonchicago

    The CTU is continuing to make itself less relevant to not only the schools but to its own members. The union only invokes the students name to try to disguise their blatant attempts to get more money for themselves, even though the cash they receive is at an all time high and the results are worse than ever.

  • Lori G.

    Someone needs to look at how charter companies are actually running the schools. Take a close look at Longwood High School, for example. At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, a new charter company took over the school. This company was based in Florida and only had experience running elementary schools there. In addition, they were not familiar with with the curriculum requirements for Illinois schools. At the start of school, less than half the staff was in place. School started anyway with substitutes! There was no discipline policy, no higher level class choices, no principal for many weeks! All students of a given level, juniors, for example, were given the same classes and moved through their day with the same group of students, operating more like a junior high. In math, students moved to whatever math class was designated for their grade level even if they failed the previous math course. Everything was up for grabs with the students as guinea pigs in a failing experiment. There was supposed to be a board that oversees the charter schools , but they were virtually nonexistent. There was no oversight. On top of all that, there was a lot of upheaval and dangerous behavior. Chicago public schools and the mayor need to take a closer look and follow up on charter schools. It is truly sad.