The contract offer from CPS to the Chicago Teachers Union included a cap on charter schools.
One of the reasons I heard for rejecting the offer by the CTU’s Big Bargaining Committee was that the offer to cap charters was an empty one so long as the state’s Charter Commission could overrule the CPS board.
The skeptics on the CTU bargaining team were found to have cause yesterday as CPS received proposals for 21 new privately operated charter schools from 16 charter operators, including Noble and Kipp.
Reported the Sun-Times:
CPS publicized the letters right before February’s Board of Education meeting, during which the appointed seven members officially closed schools with enrollments that were already cleared out: Moses Montefiore Special Education School and the original Marine Math and Science Academy High School.
The number of anticipated requests was somewhat surprising because some charter operators had, in recent days, expressed hesitation about filing to open new schools during a politically tumultuous time, and even feared looking greedy or opportunistic.
Apparently they got over their fears.
At Wednesday’s CPS board meeting parents also questioned the decision to proceed with the costly selective admission Obama Prep in light of enrollment figures and budget woes.
Hamilton: You approved $500K to search for site for Obama Prep. That $ would be so valuable to our schools right now. #cpsboard
— Raise Your Hand (@ILRaiseYourHand) February 24, 2016