A Chicago Public Schools advisory council has determined that the district and Intrinsic Schools should withdraw a proposal to open a North Side charter school.
The North Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC), which the district tapped to look over the proposal and get community input, sent a letter to CPS last week citing "serious weaknesses" and "critical deficiencies" within Intrinsic's plan. NAC suggested that hearings for the plan be canceled in order "to spare further expenditures in the midst of CPS's budget crisis."
"Given CPS's current financial crisis, we cannot support already scarce resources being poured into continuing expensive processes like NAC, nor into the establishment of new charters that are not needed," the letter states.
"The more we learned, the more offensive this proposal seemed to us. Millions of dollars were just chopped from our neighborhood schools. Students are going to be losing their music programs, their support services. Why would we exacerbate this problem with yet another charter leeching their resources," Chris Poulos, North Side NAC member and member of 33rd Ward Working Families, said.