CPS Launches Charter Renewal Process to Close Underperforming Charters and Retain High-Performers

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - EducationChicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the process and timeline for its comprehensive review of the District’s charter school contract agreements that end on June 30, 2013. This process is governed by Illinois State School Code. All renewal recommendations will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval during the January 2013 Board meeting. Charter schools that do not meet the terms of their contract will not be renewed. All charter operators must complete a renewal process at the end of their contract that includes the following phases:

  • Submit a renewal application to CPS
  • Review of renewal application by CPS officials
  • Participate in a school site visit so CPS officials can gather evidence for renewal recommendation, when necessary

Following is the timeline for the 2012-2013 renewal process:

  • Conduct site visits, as necessary, to gather additional evidence for renewal – Through end of November
  • Renewal applications and school site visit findings review – Early to mid-December
  • Renewal decisions shared with charter operators – Early January

The following schools are some that are currently up for contract renewal:

  • Aspira Charter School (Early College, Haugan and Ramirez campuses)
  • North Lawndale College Prep (Christiana and Collins campuses)
  • Plato Learning Academy
  • UNO (Casas, Fuentes, Homan Charter Elementary, Cisneros, Garcia, Paz, Marquez, Torres, Tamayo, Zizumbo, St. Marks, UNO Near West Elementary and UNO North Side Elementary campuses)
  • Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago

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