Chicago Classical Academy Charter was rejected by CPS in December but is appealing to the unelected IL state charter commission for approval. The "targeted communities" for Chicago Classical are Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Chinatown, McKinley Park, Pilsen, and South Loop.
There was a hearing conducted by the commission on this appeal Tuesday night in Chinatown. We were live tweeting. The thread of tweets starts here.
From now until Tuesday, February 27, at 7:00pm, the Commission is conducting an “Email Forum” to accept public comments on this appeal.
Send an email to the IL State Charter School Commission:
Subject line: Chicago Classical Academy Charter School Appeal
Message: I do not support the Chicago Classical Academy Charter School. Deny their appeal.
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Hillsdale College and Barney Charter School Initiative folks were at the hearing supporting Chicago Classical.
The Chicago Classical proposal can be found here.
Read why CPS denied the Chicago Classical charter here.
Read about our efforts to weaken the power of the IL State Charter School Commission here. HB768 has been on Governor Rauner’s desk awaiting his signature for 6 weeks. (We expect a veto.) If you’d like to join us in efforts like HB768, sign up here!
Here is the website for the IL State Charter School Commission.