Chicago is considering opening more charters next year even as some charter networks like UNO have struggled with conflicts and nepotism and the district has been shrinking. Could the solutions to the current situation include both tighter financial safeguards and additional funding for charter school facility costs?
While not excusing whatever UNO may have done wrong, charter advocates tell me (off the record) that one key problem is the lack of facilities funding necessitates fundraising or pursuit of direct appropriations (which is what UNO did)
In the absence of state funding for facilities, charters usually take facilities costs out of their instructional funding, which isn't what that funding is supposed to be for.
Some other states have facilities funding for charters or other measures (credit enhancements, etc).
In the short term, I'm told that there may be some proposals to tighten things up regarding conflicts and other financial safeguards coming down the pike -- from Springfield or internally to CPS -- but we'll see if and when that happens.
Here's the WTTW segment in which Tozer, Katten, and Brackett discuss the current charter environment: