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CPS sets hearings set for proposed new charter schools

Eric Skalinder, a teacher at Kelly High School, speaks at a hearing for a proposed Charter School on the Southwest Side earlier this month. (Brian Jackson/For the Chicago Sun-Times)

Public hearings for proposed new charter schools will be held next week, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday.

In April, CPS announced that private school operators are seeking to open or expand 20 public charter schools and 12 public alternative schools.

The hearings will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison.

Here is the schedule CPS provided for the times different school proposals will be discussed:

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Connected Futures Academy, Youth Connection Charter Schools, New Life Academy.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: KIPP Charter School, STARS Project Engineering, Perseid Academy.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Noble Street Charter School

Some of the communities that may see these schools include Hyde Park, Back of the Yards, Roseland, Portage Park, Rogers Park, East Garfield Park and Lawndale, according to the proposals.

On Thursday, nearly all Chicago aldermen signed a City Council resolution seeking a new charter school moratorium this school year.

CPS is required by state law to review new charter applications. Rejected charters can appeal to a state board, which can override CPS if it denies a charter and then fund the school with money that the district would have otherwise controlled. CPS would have no oversight of the school in that case.