While CPS is being accused of overstating enrollment declines and under-utilization levels at city schools, charter opponents (and perhaps even the media) can be accused of overstating the level of "privatization" in the form of charter and contract schools. Day after day, all we hear about is charter schools and charter expansion. It's presented as if they're EVERYWHERE. But that's not the case.
The latest report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools notes that there are several districts with high numbers and percentages of students served by charters -- but CPS is not on those lists.
See below for some examples of where things stand in other cities, and a link to a Hechinger Report story about the current state of affairs.
New Orleans Public Schools (Louisiana), 76 percent
Detroit Public Schools (Michigan), 41 percent
District of Columbia Public Schools, 41 percent
Kansas City, Missouri School District (Missouri), 37 percent
Flint City School District (Michigan), 33 percent
Gary Community School Corporation (Indiana), 31 percent
St. Louis Public Schools (Missouri), 31 percent
Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Ohio), 28 percent
Albany City School District (New York), 26 percent
Dayton Public Schools (Ohio), 26 percent
San Antonio Independent School District (Texas), 26 percent
Indianapolis Public Schools (Indiana), 25 percent
Roosevelt School District 66 (Arizona), 25 percent
Toledo Public Schools (Ohio), 25 percent
Youngstown City Schools (Ohio), 25 percent
Adams County School District 50 (Colorado), 23 percent
Grand Rapids Public Schools (Michigan), 23 percent
The School District of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 23 percent
Milwaukee Public Schools (Wisconsin), 22 percent
Phoenix Union High School District (Arizona), 22 percent
Charter schools expanding rapidly in more U.S. cities Hechinger Report