A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) advisory council has voted against a Noble Network of Charter Schools proposal to open a Southwest Side high school.
The Southwest Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC), which the district tapped to look over the proposal and get community input, voted 3-2 on Saturday to reject Noble's plan, which has been met with fierce opposition from members of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.
"Basically I voted against because I thought there was a lack of community support for the proposal, and I don't think Noble engaged enough with the community," NAC member Elena Rios told Catalyst Chicago.
A different charter school proposal for a STARS Project Engineering Academy to open on the Southwest Side was also voted down by the NAC.
On September 30, the school district will host a public hearing on the contract and charter school plans it has received as part of its latest new schools proposal process. The proposals recommended by CPS could go up for a Chicago Board of Education vote next month.