Waukegan Rejects Charters

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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