Charter Schools

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Suburban Schools Considering Online Charter School Program

Eighteen suburban school districts will be deciding in the not-too-distant future whether to contract with an online school district that’s starting up in the Fox River Valley.


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CPS Wants To Close Two Low-Performing Charter Schools

Aspira Charter School’s Mirta Ramirez high school campus on the Northwest Side and Betty Shabazz Charter School’s DuSable campus on the South Side are being recommended for closure through a phase-out process.


Chicago Public Schools

CPS Again Denies Having List Of Schools To Close Next Year

Chicago Public Schools leaders were again denying Wednesday that they already have a list of scores of schools they are targeting for closure next year.


CPS Classroom

Teachers Union: CPS School Closing Policy Amounts To ‘Educational Apartheid’

The Chicago Teachers Union accused the Chicago Public Schools system of “educational apartheid” on Friday.


Lloyd Bond Charter School

Some Parents Sending Kids To Charter Schools Due To Teachers’ Strike

Public school parents frustrated by the length of the Chicago teachers’ strike are looking for other educational options, and the city’s charter schools have reported a record number of calls.

CBS 2–09/17/2012

Union teachers walk the picket line on Sept. 10, 2012, outside Urban Prep-Englewood, a charter school that shares a building with a traditional public school. Charter schools stayed open during the strike, as their teachers are non-union. (Credit: CBS)

Classes In Session At Charter Schools Despite Teachers’ Strike

Classes might be in session on Monday at Chicago’s charter schools, but they aren’t totally unaffected by the strike being staged by the Chicago Teachers Union.

CBS 2–09/10/2012

A Chicago charter school. (CBS)

Chicago Charter Schools Remind Parents Sites Will Stay Open During Strike

The city’s charter school administrators are reminding parents of approximately 45,000 charter school students that they are open for business Monday, regardless of the planned strike by the Chicago Teachers Union.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard: Many Parents Pleased With Longer School Day

As he prepared to welcome students back to classes on Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard said many parents had told him they were pleased with the longer school day.

CBS 2–08/01/2012

Empty Classroom

Experts: Charter Schools Could Stem Declining School Enrollment In Chicago

Education experts say declining enrollments in public school systems around the country are forcing some schools to close, and often affect the poorest neighborhoods. Chicago is doing its part in responding to the crisis.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

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School Reform Group Pushing For More Charter Schools

While much of the talk about Chicago schools revolves around a potential teachers strike, one education reform group kicked off the summer this weekend with a push for more charter schools.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel: School ‘Turnarounds’ Lead To Better Academic Performance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says state education officials are proving his point about “turning around” some poorly performing Chicago Public schools.

CBS Chicago–02/29/2012

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Study: School Turnarounds Don’t Work

A new study is throwing cold water on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school “turnaround” effort.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012

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Board Of Ed Urges Charter Schools To Lengthen Day

The Chicago Board of Education is looking to sweeten the deal for charter schools if they adopt a longer school day.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

A Chicago charter school. (CBS)

Charter Schools Get Boost From New Study

When it comes to the best Chicago public schools you don’t have to test to get into, charter schools lead the pack, a new study says.


CPS Classroom

CPS Reviewing Relationship With Charter Schools

As Chicago Public Schools deal with a mounting financial crisis, some decisions about which schools to keep open will be based on how successful they’ve been. As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, the news is capturing the attention of the more than 90 charter schools in Chicago.

CBS 2–09/13/2011

Romano Butler Campus

Charter School Students Return To Class

Summer vacation has come to an end for some schoolchildren in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–08/01/2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday touted the success of UNO charter schools. (CBS)

Emanuel Touts Charter Model As Way To Teach Students For More Days

Mayor Emanuel is using the charter schools run by the United Neighborhood Organization to show how the Chicago’s Public Schools could give children more time – an additional three weeks — in the classroom.


A billboard in Gary, Indiana promoting Gary public schools.  (Credit: CBS)

Gary Public Schools Campaigning To Get Kids Back

There’s a battle brewing over public education in Gary, Indiana.

CBS 2–06/14/2011

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Group Rallies Support For Charter Schools

Several hundred people are heading to Springfield this morning to show their support for charter schools.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2011

2011 New Schools Expo at Soldier Field

Parents, Students Voice Opinions On School Reform

All six candidates for mayor of Chicago have said the city’s public schools need reform, but like other issues facing the candidates, there is disagreement on specific solutions.

CBS 2–01/29/2011