But the opposition, which culminates with a scheduled overnight vigil downtown by the staunchly anti-charter Chicago Teachers Union, appears unlikely to derail the city's commitment to keep adding the privately run charter schools.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education is set to consider 17 new charter campuses. Chicago Public Schools officials won't make public their recommendations on the proposals until the board meeting, district spokesman Joel Hood said. Earlier, 22 new charter proposals were submitted, but charter operators withdrew some of them.
Of the district's 658 schools, 130 are charters, and district officials have laid out plans for 60 new charters to open from 2012 to 2017. The charter schools on Wednesday's agenda would open over the next two years and would be in addition to 10 new charters already approved for the next school year.