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Aldermen call for moratorium on opening new charter schools

Updated: March 19, 2013 12:15PM

Four Chicago aldermen are demanding a moratorium on charter school expansion during the 2014-15 school year to give teachers, parents and students an opportunity to absorb the impact of impending school closings.

Hours before Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara-Byrd Bennett narrowed the list of potential school closings, Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) introduced a resolution at Wednesday’s City Council meeting urging CPS to call a halt to the charter school expansion that’s a cornerstone of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to provide an array of choices for parents to prevent failing schools from forcing middle-class families from fleeing to the suburbs.

“It’s common sense. How can we say we have 100,000 empty seats, we’re broke, yet we keep opening schools? We have no business opening schools,” O’Shea said.

Fran Spielman

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