Chicago Charter School Parents form Advocacy Group

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The group, Charter Parents United, is expected to announce its May 8 rally during Wednesday's Chicago Board of Education meeting. It will also present the board with a petition demanding equity in funding for charters.

"It's not fair how we're being treated, and we decided we need to have our own voice," said one of the group's organizers, Mariana Chavez, whose children attend a charter operated by the United Neighborhood Organization. "We want funding equity for charters because we believe every child in CPS deserves equality."

Chicago Public Schools plans to close 53 elementary schools and a high school program because of underenrollment. Some of the anger from teachers, parents and community members over that plan has been directed at privately run, publicly funded charter schools, which have proliferated in recent years.

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