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05-17-2012, 09:26 AM
From Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cps-charter-growth-20120517,0,7306759.story) by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:

Chicago Public Schools plans to create 60 more charter schools over five years, which would increase the share of privately run charters to about a quarter of all schools in the district.

The plan for charter growth, part of a larger proposal for 100 new schools over the same five years, is laid out in an application seeking $20 million for charter schools from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Right now the district's 675 schools include 110 charters, which get tax dollars but are privately controlled. Private organizations also operate an additional 27 schools, 19 of which are managed by the Academy for Urban School Leadership.

There is a waiting list of 10,000 students for charter schools, which have been growing for the past seven years at a rate similar to what's planned for the next five, according to CPS.

"I'm not looking for a quota, I'm not looking for a percentage, I'm looking to respond to a need," said CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard. "As a whole, people are not satisfied with their neighborhood schools. Clearly, there's a demand."

CPS said the 40 remaining schools in the five-year plan would include some privately run turnaround schools, as well as magnets, International Baccalaureate programs and STEM schools (which specialize in science, technology, engineering and math), all run by the district.

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