Chicago Tribune, March 27, 2013
Last year Concept Schools came to Chicago public schools officials with a terrific idea. The Des Plaines-based charter operator wanted to open two new K-12 schools focused on math and science. Concept, which runs the prestigious Chicago Math and Science Academy, wanted to give 1,500 children a chance at a superior education.
Unchain the charters
Chicago Tribune , March 25, 2013
Here’s a haunting statistic that we cannot repeat too often: Of all the school districts in the U.S., Chicago Public Schools has one of the longest waiting lists for admission to a charter school. There are 19,000 students on the list this year. That number has been rising since 2008, when 13,500 Chicago students languished on the wait list.
CPS applies charter heatChicago Tribune, March 04, 2013In recent days, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has thrown some muscle behind her pledge to hold charter schools accountable for academic performance. CPS will close two underperforming schools, Aspira Mirta Ramirez Computer Science High School on the Northwest Side and Betty Shabazz International Charter School at DuSable Leadership Academy on the South Side. Six other schools were put on a new CPS “warning list” — in other words, shape up or shut down.