Charter Schools

CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension ReliefThe Emanuel administration said a loss of more than $100 million in state aid for the Chicago Public Schools has forced the district to make cuts at neighborhood schools, and warned things could get worse without help from Springfield.
North Side Residents Fighting To Keep Charter School OutIt's a switch from the usual battle cry. A group of parents and an alderman on the North Side are fighting to keep a school from opening its doors there next year.
Former Charter Schools CEO Earning $250K As Rauner's AdviserFor weeks, Beth Purvis' role in the administration had been somewhat of a mystery. Not until after several inquiries from The Associated Press did the Rauner administration disclose that Purvis — a key member of the governor's transition team — is now earning $250,000 a year to advise him on education policy.
Opinion: Some Pols Like Charter Schools For One Big ReasonIndiana Gov. Mike Pence is a big fan of charter schools. His new GOP neighbor in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner, loves them too.
Study Says Chicago Charter School Students Trail CPS Counterparts A new report claims to show that Chicago charter schools are lagging behind their traditional public counterparts, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
Thompson Center Rally Seeks Public Funds For Private SchoolsStudents, teachers and parents staged a big rally for so-called "school choice" at the Thompson Center today, trying to make sure their voices are heard in the debate over school funding.
CPS Principal: Data Shows Neighborhood Schools Outperform ChartersAn influential Chicago Public Schools principal has said the district’s own figures show much of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education reform plan isn’t working.
Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter SchoolsU.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools.
Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State LawmakersCharter school advocates said at least 12 pieces of proposed legislation in Springfield would harm charter schools if approved.
Mayor Dismisses Study That Shows Little Advantage At Charter SchoolsThe mayor didn’t dispute published study showing privately-run charter schools might be performing no better than regular public schools. Emanuel said that’s yesterday’s debate. He said the issue is making sure every school does a good job.
Chicago Board Of Ed Approves Seven New Charter SchoolsMore than two dozen protesters camped out in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters overnight, ahead of a school board meeting to weigh plans for 17 new charter schools.
CTU Holding Vigil Outside CPS HQ To Protest Charter SchoolsMembers of the Chicago Teachers Union and others are holding an overnight vigil outside CPS headquarters ahead of Wednesdays's Chicago Board of Education meeting at which it will consider 17 new charter schools.