Chicago Parents Question Charter Schools' Use of Millions From Grant

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Construction on a new charter high school in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood reached a milestone Tuesday even as the school's operators fended off criticism from one parents group about its finances.

More than 100 parents, students and community members including Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, huddled in a heated tent and watched laborers hoist the last major piece of steel for the UNO Soccer Academy High School in the 5000 block of South St. Louis Avenue.

The school, which will seat 960 students, cost roughly $31 million, which came out of $98 million the United Neighborhood Organization received from the state in 2009 to build schools and relieve overcrowding in Hispanic communities. It was the largest state subsidy ever given to a charter school network.

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