Charter Schools

Chicago Asks Charter System to Take Over Failing Schools

Teachers unions, of course, prepare to fight

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Charter school networks would take charge of dozens of failing Chicago public schools if the school board gets its way.

There are dozens of under-enrolled and underperforming schools scattered throughout the city. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated. They have more leeway to try new teaching methods; and their students have shown dramatic improvement in standardized test scores.

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