From The Chicago Sun-Times: More than 1,000 people have signed petitions objecting to a plan that would allow a social-service group to tear down part of Northwest Middle School in Chicago and erect a charter school on the public property. The Christopher House Charter School is one of 12 charter proposals up for a school board vote.
Earlier...from The Chicago Tribune: The Chicago school district plans to add 12 new charters, including more campuses for charter operators with less-than-stellar performance. 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 amid community efforts to save failing traditional schools from being closed down or keep teachers from being replaced in turnarounds.