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Were Chicago charter school operators the biggest losers yesterday?

July 25, 2012

Reading this morning’s newspapers (online, of course. I don’t buy those two rags) and reading the pundits, everyone is talking happy about yesterday’s announcement that the CTU and the CPS have reached a tentative agreement on the longer school day.

CTU President Karen Lewis was very clear, however. There is a lot yet to bargain.

My in box was loaded with emails this morning asking if we could trade our state IEA leaders for the CTU’s leaders?

“We have to make our own leaders lead or make new leaders,” is my answer.

The story that didn’t get much coverage yesterday is the unhappy looks on the faces of Chicago’s charter school operators.

The Chicago Board of Education won’t vote on its proposed budget until the end of August and charter schools are not happy about it.

That’s because charters already worked out a deal with Chicago Public Schools for an increase in next year’s funding.

Now, charter advocates fear the district may backpedal.

“We should not be used as pawns in a negotiation between the union and CPS,” said Juan Rangel, CEO of the politically connected UNO charter school network.

Charter school teachers are not part of the Chicago Teachers Union.

District spokeswoman Becky Carroll says the budget vote is being delayed in part because an agreement with the teachers union is still being discussed.

The original CPS budget proposal included tons of money for Chicago’s charter schools. The fact that the board chose to delay approval of the budget appears not to be entirely disconnected from finally getting past this first step in real bargaining.

Good day all around.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. filly4rrights permalink
    July 25, 2012 8:45 am

    “The original CPS budget proposal included tons of money for Chicago’s charter schools.”

    ““We should not be used as pawns in a negotiation between the union AND CPS” >Rangel

    Sorry to be smiling but this is my favorite topic. Dude, if you want to be a private school then be private, but to be privately run with public funds is a bit tricky.

  2. Barb permalink
    July 25, 2012 9:07 pm

    Charter schools are sucking CPS dry. Money flows to them in every possible way, including additional support for the first three years after already redoing, redecorating, and restocking the actual buildings used by the charters. Money does not go to the teachers, many of whom are on call 12 hours per day plus most Saturdays (hence the large turnover). The money goes to the CEOs of each charter school group and their salaries make principals’ salaries look small. Charter schools should get nothing above what is budgeted for neighborhood schools. So if they are sad, that’s just another victory for public education in this city.

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