“I feel like I’m in the twilight zone, because last year we had a billion-dollar deficit, and the district said we must close 51 schools. This year, we have a $950 million deficit and the district wants to open 31 new charters in two years,” said Wendy Katten, of the citywide CPS parents advocacy group Raise Your Hand. “This is absurd, and fiscally irresponsible.”
Katten echoed the sentiments of many opponents of the 21 charter proposals CPS announced last week, which, if approved, would join 10 charters already approved by the board for next fall.
But parents supporting the charters were just as adamant that they are needed.