Are More Charter Schools in Chicago Schools' Future?

 


Visitors: 248

Ever since George W. Bush took the oath of president of the United States, he and his administration have instituted many federally mandated changes for public schools across the nation. Now, according to Margaret Spellings, education secretary for the Bush Administration, there may be more that directly affect the Chicago Schools and the state of Illinois. Currently, the states of Illinois, Michigan and New York have the lowest caps on the number of public charter schools allowed. Illinois has the lowest cap of 60, then New York with a cap of 100, and Michigan with 150.

At one of the charter Chicago schools in late January, Spellings stated that the president wants all school districts across the country to change their restrictions on the number of public charter schools allowed, giving school districts, like the Chicago schools, the ability to convert as many failing traditional schools to charters as they wish.

Chicago schools’ officials see this as a positive move. Over the years, they have aggressively pursued the conversion of failing schools to charters. The Chicago schools currently have 29 of their allowed 30 charter schools in place and running. With a current 185 low performing schools, the Chicago schools’ officials see conversion to public charter schools as a possible solution to improve the schools’ performance. Otherwise, their only option is to make major staff changes, since they can only convert one more traditional school to charter under current state guidelines.

Chicago schools’ officials believe that more drastic interventions are required to make these failing schools successful. Charters within the Chicago schools have more freedom over their curriculum, budgeting and scheduling than traditional schools do. They also have more accountability to the Chicago schools.

Opponents to the Bush Administration proposal for changing the state’s public charter school cap believe the president is going too far. Legislators involved in drafting Illinois’ cap are some of those opposed to the proposal. The state’s teachers’ union also is against the proposal.

Representative Monique Davis, who is a Democrat representing Chicago (and the Chicago schools) and vice chairwoman of the House Education Committee, stated in response to the proposal that the legislators of Illinois believe, as many others across the nation, that charter schools still are in the experimental stage. Expansion of the number of public charter schools should be held back until they prove themselves as a viable and successful alternative for the future. They just are not there yet.

Regardless of what the Illinois legislators believe, the proposal will soon be in Congress. If the bill passes, it takes the matter out of state hands, since the federal government can impose whatever mandates they desire when contributing federal funding to schools. This means the Chicago schools’ officials may soon be able to enact some serious interventions for their 185 low performing schools.

Patricia Hawke is an expert researcher and writer on real estate topics such as economics, credit improvement tips, home selling advice and home buying preparations and education for relocating families. For more information please Chicago Schools

(525)

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Tutoring Needs Are Met in the Chicago Schools
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

Baltimore Schools Lose in Court - Ruling Favored Charter Schools

by: Patricia Hawke (September 27, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)

Number of Charter Schools Increasing Over Traditional Tampa Schools

by: Patricia Hawke (February 07, 2007) 
(Reference and Education)

Charter Schools in Boston Are Urged to Join Boston Schools System

by: Patricia Hawke (September 27, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)

So Many Fashion Schools - So Little Money - Deciding on the Perfect Fashion ..

by: Jessica Bradbury (January 21, 2008) 
(Reference and Education/Vocational Trade Schools)

Charter Schools For The Spread of Education

by: Roberts Bairds (January 25, 2008) 
(Reference and Education)

San Antonio Schools Show Charter Success

by: Patricia Hawke (June 04, 2007) 
(Reference and Education)

Vocational Schools in Chicago

by: Low Jeremy (September 28, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)

Nutrition in Chicago Schools

by: Patricia Hawke (March 30, 2008) 
(Reference and Education)

Diversity in Chicago Schools

by: Patricia Hawke (July 12, 2007) 
(Reference and Education)

Tutoring Needs Are Met in the Chicago Schools

by: Patricia Hawke (July 09, 2006) 
(Reference and Education)