At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education delayed consideration of a proposal that would allow a Noble Network of Charter Schools campus to relocate to Uptown.
The board postponed the vote, saying it required additional time to look over the proposal.
The charter school network wants to relocate its Nobel Academy from its temporary space in the Loop to an Uptown location at 640 W. Irving Park Rd.
Nobel says it is seeking a larger space to accommodate its incoming class. The proposed move, however, has been met with push back from North Side aldermen, principals and others. Critics of the proposal are concerned that nearby neighborhood schools could be impacted negatively in terms of their budgets and enrollment if the Nobel campus relocates to Uptown.
In a statement, Chicago Public Schools spokesman Bill McCaffrey said, "The Board of Education welcomes community input and values the perspectives provided by the many students, families, community members, educators and elected officials who provided feedback on the proposed changes for charter schools."
"CPS officials consider these perspectives when making recommendations to the Board of Education, and the Board members consider them when voting on changes," the statement added. "Given the amount of community feedback, the board will not consider actions for ... Noble ... today and will take more time to review the proposals and recommendations."
Also on Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education postponed action on two other proposals involving contract renewals for the operator of Joshua Johnston Charter School for Fine Arts and Design and the turnaround contractor for John Foster Dulles Elementary School.
Earlier this morning, the Chicago Teachers Union held a protest before Wednesday's school board meeting to speak out against charter school expansion in the district. The union said it wanted to "highlight the hypocrisy of the district's insistence on expanding charter operations throughout the city while claiming a $1 billion budget deficit."