Chicago’s charters and options

The seven campuses in the LEARN Charter School Network began the school year on Monday, two weeks before Chicago Public Schools. The network usually starts in early August.
In Chicago, charters discipline students more harshly than traditional public schools. After last year, they’re preparing to shift away from exclusionary discipline.
Amid the pandemic, Chicago set out to rein in transfers of some of its most vulnerable students from traditional high schools to alternative campuses.
Chicago’s charter schools enroll a higher percentage of students with disabilities than traditional public schools, but there is no way to track how much funding goes to those students’ education, according to a new report.
Teachers at three campuses of Urban Prep Academies agreed to a tentative contract that would extend through June 2022 and include retroactive raises.
Health officials have said that the citywide rise in COVID-19 cases has not had a marked impact on settings serving children. But more recent data is not available yet.
Chicago district leaders have disclosed little about reopening schools amid COVID, while parents say they haven’t been consulted
No charter schools have applied to open in Chicago next year, a sign of increasing hostility toward the privately run, publicly funded schools in Chicago and in Illinois
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