CPS wants new charter schools

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The Chicago Public School system is asking for new charter schools to be created in the next two years.

Critics say it’s an odd request, since the school system just closed dozens of schools; but this morning, school CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told WGN-TV, most of the newly closed schools were half-empty, while the new charter schools would open in neighborhoods where schools are overcrowded.

She said charter schools will have to succeed to survive; several charter schools were closed in the past school year because they didn’t meet CPS’ academic expectations.

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  • ChicagoCommonSense

    They just closed several charter schools in the past school year because they weren't educating like they should have……and they want MORE of them?

    Until many communities stop stigmatizing education and instill it in their children that education is important none of the schools in those neighborhoods are going to be effective. The teachers no matter how good they are end up just being low paid baby sitters and prison guards.

    They keep churning out class after class of unemployable fools.