Charter Closures Since 1998

A new report from a charter advocacy organization in DC lists 10 Illinois charters that have been closed since 1998 -- evidence, according to the report authors, of a 15 percent closure rate for charters nationwide and demonstrated concern about quality. I'm not sure about that, as I wrote earlier this morning on This Week In Education.  It seems like the charter movement has become hostage to its operators and enthusiasts, leaving quality and accountability for mere lips service.  Those listed are:  Chicago Preparatory Charter School, Children's Choir Academy, Global Villages (Choir Academy Campus), Governor’s State University Charter School, Governor’s State University Charter School, KEYS (Keep Every Youth Successful) Charter School, Lincoln Charter School Venice IL , Nuestra America Charter High School, Jefferson Charter School, Triumphant Charter


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    I notice that very few are in Chicago--suggesting there's little or no quality control here.

  • Xian, your bias is showing. Fully half of those closure appear to be in Chicago. I am not sure how that results in your assessment of "very few."

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Around 83 of the 115 charter schools in Illinois are in Chicago. Most of the lowest achieving charters are in Chicago, although the worst of the worst is in East St. Louis.

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    In reply to Anonymous:

    I do apologize for my bias towards facts and reality and my high opinion of the ability of posters here to understand educational data and context.

    The vast majority of charters in the state are in Chicago. When accounting for selectivity (basically magnet type entry procedures) and additional promotion and support from our executive driven system, their aggregate performance is comparatively low to magnet schools.

    And yet, while the vast majority of charters are in Chicago, they do not occupy their portion of the closing list, and the closing list is much longer for neighborhood schools operating on an unequal playing field.

    So that's how it results in that assessment. I hope that's helpful.

    If you have more questions and honestly would like to discuss this instead of lobbing accusations, please don't hesitate to identify yourself, or reach out to me.


  • Charters school - cheap american crap!

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    And yet there are waiting lists of parents who want to take their kids out of the failed CPS neighborhood schools if only there were enough charter schools.

    Parents know what's best for their children.

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    My school would have a huge waiting list, but we have to take everybody so instead we're overcrowded. It'd be wonderful to have smaller class sizes, but public schools just aren't politically connected.

  • Actually not all parents know what is best. We watch a child at lunch everyday take the free lunch, throw it away without eating a bite and keep the milk. Then he takes a large bag of chips he brought from home and eats the whole bag and drinks the milk. Yes, yes-we called home to ask and parent said that is exactly what he wants and exactly what he will eat. btw--former charter parents are choosing to come to our neighborhood school--not just the ones kicked out by the charter for not wearing the uniform.

  • "And yet there are waiting lists of parents who want to take their kids out of the failed CPS neighborhood schools if only there were enough charter schools."

    Another straw man. My non-selective neighborhood school is also massively overcrowded. If we restricted our enrollment to building capacity we'd have a large waiting list just like the selective enrollment charter schools. BFD.

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    Actually, the waiting lists don't prove what the anon poster thinks they do. It merely shows that they are selective enrollment schools (not by schools, but by procedure) and that the district is trying to market overall charter quality by combining waiting lists across all of the schools. They are double, triple and beyond counting kids, and as the poster above points out, they artificially inflate the number by not holding charter schools to the same facility requirements that other schools face. If charters were held to the same utilization and academic standards as other schools, how many would be left?

  • Waiting lists
    I have to give it to the PR people who made that up, it is brilliant.
    The idea is to fool everyone into thinking we need more charter schools
    Because they cannot accommodate the hordes of children scratching
    At their doors. Every person who supports these later day parochial
    schools try to include that talking point a few questions are in order.
    What exactly is a Waiting List? Is it a list of kids who want to get in a school or a list of parents who put applications in for every school in the city? What system exists to remove students from a waiting list? If little Lonnie decides on a a traditional school is his name removed from the ten schools he decided not to attend? Are students turned away from Magnet Schools or magnet programs within a school considered to be part of some list?
    Finally , the only list I ever followed was the “Sweet Sixteen “ list kept
    By some schools, and it had nothing to do with basketball.

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