By Fred Klonsky
The Illinois State Charter Commission can almost be described as an über committee with even less oversight than Chicago’s mayoral controlled school board.
If a privately managed charter application is rejected by a local school board, even a board that was democratically elected as all but the CPS board are, than the unelected Charter Commission can overrule that decision.
And the district still pays the bill.
Not directly, of course.
But the state will deduct the cost of the charter operation from money that would go from the state to the local board.
This is precisely what is happening in Chicago with two charter schools operated by a group called Concept Charters.
Concept Schools already operates the Chicago Math and Science Academy, a Level 2 school in Rogers Park that opened in 2004.
The approval of the Concept proposal means a new reality is taking hold in CPS, one in which the district does not have total control over charter school decisions. Because the operator was approved through the state commission, the charters will receive their funding through the state. The state, in turn, will deduct the money from the district’s funding.
Concept Charter is seeking to get a building in the North Side neighborhood of
Source: Fred Klonsky