Sunday, December 15, 2013

Close 50 Neighborhood Schools, Open 21 Charters

From Raise Your Hand, the best listserve around...

CPS has proposals for 21 new charters in next two Years
Following the great underutilization crisis of 2012 where CPS closed 50 district schools, they are now looking at opening 21 charters. 10 have already been approved and will open next fall. The rest will be voted on in January. Why does this matter? CPS is broke and faces another near billion dollar deficit. Operational dollars have to come from somewhere. That would be your traditional school budget, which by the way, the Mayor and CEO Byrd-Bennett, claim have not been hit hard by budget cuts. (See Trib Editorial below). They want to open new charters to offer “school choice,” but school choice apparently doesn’t involve a functioning school budget anymore for many district schools. 

There is a CPS community meeting this Monday 12/16 on all new charter proposals at CPS. Come out and learn about these proposals and sign up to speak if you have concerns about charters siphoning more dollars from your school budget.
If you wan to read any of the proposals for the charters that haven't yet been approved:

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