It has been my long-standing position that unless Charter Schools have a proven track record of producing higher quality results, I do not support replacing our public schools or expanding in the city.
This is why there are no charter schools in the 26th Ward.
And this is why I am a co-sponsor of a City Council resolution that demands a halt to charter expansions this school year.
Simply put, it is not sound fiscal policy to fund the creation of more charter schools during a fiscal crisis with a $500M deficit. This has resulted in more than 1,000 layoffs in CPS schools in the last 3 months, with special education and bilingual education affected the most.
It is especially disturbing that an independent analysis of CPS data by parent organization Raise Your Hand(IL) has shown that there are more than 12,000 unfilled charter school "seats" available. Despite this evidence, the Illinois State Board of Education has granted charter school licenses--even over the objection of CPS.
That's why I have joined 6th Ward Ald. Broderick Sawyer to:
"BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the undersigned members of the Chicago City Council do hereby express our desire for the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Board of Education to jointly impose a moratorium on charter school expansion for the 2015-2016 school year, and conduct a comprehensive study of long term facility and school programming needs as required by state law (IL P.A. 97-0474-as amended) through the mandated revision of the Chicago Public Schools' Educational Facilities Master Plan, a draft of which must be made public by CPS by January 2016; and provides the City Council and the public with a plan to bring CPS' financial balance sheet to long term stability."