For Immediate Release


Contact: Evelin Rodriguez
Cell phone: 773-543-7616

Communities United for Quality Education

Parents Release a New Report Opposing Mayor Emanuel’s Charter Expansion Plan as a Solution to Relieve Overcrowding

Findings show inaccurate use of data to promote charter expansion that will cost Chicago taxpayers millions of dollars

CHICAGO - What: Parent groups from Communities United for Quality Education (CUQE), Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS), and Illinois Raise your Hand (RYH) along with other community members will hold a press conference to release a new report highlighting findings of how the Emmanuel administration and CPS’s Charter expansion plan will further put a financial burden on Chicago taxpayers and destabilized neighborhood schools.

Who: Over a dozen parent leaders of Communities United for Quality Education (CUQE), Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools (CSOSOS), Illinois Raise your Hand (RYH) Raise Your Hand and others.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 10:30am

Where: Outside CPS’ building (125 S. Clark St.)

Why: On August 12 CPS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new Charter Schools in “priority areas” that included neighborhoods in the Northwest and Southwest sides of the city. As of this date, 12 charter proposals are awaiting to be considered by the Chicago Board of Education. Concerned parents will be releasing findings of a report that challenges CPS’ misleading justification for new charters schools. This report release is in the backdrop of a recent decision approval by the Chicago Plan Commission to build a new Noble High School charter school in Belmont-Cragin community despite community anger over cutting neighborhood school resources and prioritizing the politically connected Noble Charter School Network’s proposal.

How: colorful posters will be held by parents


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