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12-13-2011, 09:03 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-cps-charters-20111213,0,2419212.story) by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:

Chicago Public Schools announced plans Monday to add 12 new charters, including more campuses for networks with less-than-stellar scores.

Noble Street Charter Schools rank high among city high schools, but the state's recently released detailed performance data show that other well-known charter networks like United Neighborhood Organization, Catalyst and LEARN have struggled with campuses that have not met district averages on state exams.

Yet, under a proposal before the Board of Education on Wednesday, the politically connected UNO, with three of its nine schools falling below district averages, is slated for three new elementary schools for 2013. LEARN stands to get a new campus next school year and two more in 2013 despite struggling with its South Shore campus. And Catalyst, whose two campuses appear to be underperforming, is expected to get the OK to open a third school.

The charter announcement comes as the district fends off protests and community efforts to save failing schools from being closed down or keep teachers from being replaced in turnarounds.

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