CPS Board approves 7 charters, rejects 11 proposals

WBEZ report:


There are 9 other charters that have already been approved for next year so as many as 16 charters could open, although it’s likely some will open in 2015. 

The 11 charter operators that were rejected can go to the IL state charter commission to appeal. These schools get higher per pupil funding rates than rest of CPS schools.

CPS Board votes on daily PE policy - we need sustainable funding

The board voted to mandate daily PE for high schools and elementary schools yesterday. Many board members expressed concern that schools would have to make cuts in other areas as CPS is also asking schools to include 2 hours of arts instruction per week for students, yet they voted on the policy. The city will be using $21 million in TIF surplus funds to hire 84 PE and 84 art teachers to cover these mandates. But CPS cut roughly 180 arts teachers alone last year and the majority of schools could not offer 2 hours of arts instruction prior to these cuts.

Behind the RYH Numbers on Charter Spaces

RYH used the Apples 2 Apples database to produce the list of charter and contract schools that have open seats. We used the A2A database because it linked information about school status (open/closed/phase-out) with 2013-14 enrollment and ideal capacity figures.1 These are CPS-created figures, unadjusted by A2A or RYH.

CPS Hearing on Charter Schools

Press Source: 


Wed, 01/08/2014


RYH board members Jennie Biggs and Dwayne Truss discuss the financial impact of charter expansion on neighborhood schools and charter disciplinary policies, respectively. 


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