The Reader has a big article on what happened to charter school proposals in Waukegan, and contrasts with what's happened here: The Case for Charter Schools—and Why Waukegan Didn't Buy It.
"Lake County United expected opposition and found it, some of it within
its own ranks. They might have expected it to come from the local NAACP
chapter. Many chapters across the country have opposed charter schools
on grounds that they increase racial segregation and undermine
traditional public schools—as recently as 2006, former President Bush
was booed at the NAACP convention for voicing support for charters. But
the Lake County chapter, which belongs to the coalition, championed the
charter proposal. Its members hosted public informational sessions and
wrote letters to the Waukegan School Board."
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