December 13, 2013
CHICAGO —Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced that new charter school proposals from the 2013 New Schools RFP are now available online for public review at www.cps.edu/2013RFP. The New Schools RFP, which was launched in August, serves as the District's centralized process to solicit and review all new charter school proposals. This annual process is mandated by Illinois Charter Schools Law and allows the District to conduct a streamlined and strategic approach for evaluating new high-quality academic options.
Public engagement is a critical component of the RFP process and so the District will continue to meet with various communities around these proposals. That feedback is integral as the District considers recommending any proposal to the board in January.
"Parent and community members are essential partners in our work to expand high-quality academic options that prepare our students for success," said CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett. "I encourage all of our stakeholders to take the time to review the charter proposals and voice their opinions at upcoming public hearings, as these recommendations will help drive our decision making around which schools make the best fit for the District
and our families."
Under the current RFP process, CPS has prioritized charter proposals that will create high-quality school options in overcrowded communities in School Year 2014-2015 (SY14-15) or 2015-2016 (SY15-16). Each charter school applicant is required to provide demonstrated parent and community support for their proposal as part of the guidelines for the RFP.
The following charter school operators' proposals are now available for review:
- Asian Human Services Passages
- Be the Change
- Chicago Education Partnership
- Concept Schools – Horizon Science Academies
- Connected Youth Solutions
- Curtis-Sharif STEM Academy
- Great Lakes Academy
- Intrinsic Schools
- Noble Street
As part of the comprehensive community engagement process for the 2013 New Schools RFP, the District facilitated neighborhood advisory councils (NACs). NAC members serve as liaisons between CPS, overcrowded priority communities as identified in the RFP, and prospective charter applicants to ensure that new school proposals offer high-quality educational options that correspond with the community's needs and preferences. The NAC evaluation process has been conducted simultaneously with the evaluation of proposals conducted by CPS. Based on their review of proposals and community feedback, each NAC will make recommendations to CPS and CEO Byrd-Bennett on the new school proposals that best fit the educational needs of their community.
CPS will host a community meeting at Central Office (125 S. Clark) to receive public comment on the charter school proposals on Monday, December 16 from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on CPS' recommendations for new charter schools at its January monthly Board meeting.