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UNO CEO: Construction Of New Charter School Back On Track

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Juan Rangel, CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization, announced he's stepping down from the board that oversees the community group and its charter school network, in the wake of a scandal that led the state to freeze $98 million in funds for a new high school. (Credit: CBS)

Juan Rangel, CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization, announced he’s stepping down from the board that oversees the community group and its charter school network, in the wake of a scandal that led the state to freeze $98 million in funds for a new high school. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The head of the United Neighborhood Organization says, now that Governor Quinn has released nearly $100 million in state funding, everything is back on track for the opening of UNO’s newest charter school, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The Quinn administration had cut off funds for the UNO schools because of some questionable contracting. UNO CEO Juan Rangel agreed to restructure the organization and eliminate any conflicts, so he says construction has resumed and a new high school will open this fall.

“Well the school that we are talking about is a high school that is under construction in the Gage Park community, a severely overcrowded Hispanic community,” said Rangel. “ We are very pleased that 600 students will have the pleasure to be able to get educated in a brand new school.”

Martin Cabrera Jr. has taken over for Rangel as chairman of the UNO board and Rangel says the transition is going well.

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