As questions arise, more charters planned for Chicago

By: 
Sarah Karp | Catalyst Chicago

CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has said that charter schools will not escape tough scrutiny of their performance--including the threat of closure--and that School Board members would consider taking action against one or two charters at the December board meeting.

Such action is complicated, though, since charter schools have five-year contracts with CPS that are not easily revoked. Officials are still working on the details, and CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll says that information about the proposed actions will be available soon.

But on the board’s agenda already are proposals to add 12 more charters, most of them new campuses of existing large charter networks: Noble Street, UNO and LEARN

The move is likely to cause backlash from charter critics, including the Chicago Teachers Union, which is already planning more action, including a candlelight vigil, against school closings.

Charter performance has been in the spotlight recently since the release by the Illinois State Board of Education of the first-ever campus-level charter school report cards--the same report cards that have been issued for years for traditional schools and that include student test score data. CPS has long published campus-level test score data, but the information was not widely distributed in a parent-friendly format.

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