Chicago mulls privatizing 3 more schools

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In the face of protests by some community residents, the Chicago school board on Wednesday will consider turning three academically troubled schools over to a private operator, the Academy for Urban School Leadership.

Concerns are especially great in North Lawndale, where if Dvorak Technology Academy is shifted to AUSL, 68 percent of the West Side community's 22 public schools will be privately run, more than anywhere else in the city.

"The privatization is much more aggressive than I thought," said Valerie Leonard, co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance and a member of Chicago Public Schools' North Lawndale Community Action Council.

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