Community advisory councils have been launched by officials to help sell the controversial project to communities that traditionally haven’t been thinking about charters, as Chicago Public Schools solicits programs for new charter schools to the Northwest and Southwest sides.
Usually, parents in these areas have not been interested in the privately run charter schools, competing as an alternative for magnet schools, competitive selective-enrollment schools or powerful neighbor hood schools.
Broy stated that under former schools chief Arne Duncan, constitution schools were largely built in African-American and Latino communities with underperforming schools. ‘Using charters as a pressure device in overcrowded communities is a change in approach. We’re uncertain how successful it will be,’ Broy said.
The section is seeking new charters in far Southwest Side communities near Mid-way Airport and in overcrowded communities to the far North-west Side.
But now constitution applicants are being encouraged to get programs to secure a facility. Since they’re cheaper events choose CPS buildings. Broy said there is also a dwindling supply of appropriate facilities including Catholic schools.
‘The biggest hurdle is new buildings,’ he explained. ‘That will dramatically decrease the number of candidates.’
In August, CPS released a request for proposals for charter elementary schools in nine parts — Albany Irving, Ashburn, Belmont Cragin, Chicago Lawn, McKinley Park, Midway, Little Village, Reed-Dunning and Sauganash — and for charter high schools around the Southwest and Northwest sides.
Area officials say the advisory councils aren’t supposed to sell charters from what could be a disinterested group.
CPS on Monday began taking applications for parents and community members to serve on Neighborhood Advisory Councils that’ll be charged with advocating rental plans to the center. The members, who must live in an area as important area area identified by CPS, will review the charter applications. The Board of Education is expected to vote on the new events in January.
‘As we work to expand top quality academic choices using a critical focus on overcrowded communities. parent and community engagement will serve because the linchpin of the process,’ colleges CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement.