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INCS Statement on the CTU and CPS Side Letter on Charters

Posted on: October 31, 2019

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased that students will return to the classroom tomorrow and learning will resume. However, we are extremely disappointed that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made a side deal that places a cap on the number of charter public schools in Chicago. One thing about this unfortunate concession is certain: It is not about education, and it certainly does not have families’ best interests at heart. There are many areas of the city that lack high-quality public schools, and this action further limits families’ access to the education all students deserve. Furthermore, despite the many unique school types in the city, including magnet, selective enrollment, and military schools, charter public schools are the only school type being singled out for this disadvantageous treatment—a political accommodation entirely unrelated to what is best for students. The children and families of Chicago deserve better.