Board of Ed to consider new school proposals

  • By Paul D. Bowker
  • Education reporter
  • October 21, 2008 @ 9:10 AM

The Chicago Board of Education will consider proposals for a 13 new schools at its monthly meeting tomorrow.

The schools that will be reviewed by the board were picked from 88 proposals submitted under Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s Renaissance 2010 project, which calls for opening 100 new schools by 2010.

Chicago Public Schools spokesman Malon Edwards says 58 of the proposals came from new design teams,  including school-management firms and teams of teachers and administrators at three city high schools.

All but one of the proposed schools would open next fall. A 13th, The Noble Street Charter School-Osborn College Prep campus, would open in 2010.

Originally, the board was to consider 18 new school proposals tomorrow. But last week, CPS officials chose to defer approval for many campuses due to open in 2010.

Five of those schools will come before the board in November, including the “gay friendly“ Social Justice High School, Pride Campus. Two public hearings were held in conjunction with Social Justice High School, resulting in mostly positive feedback.

In addition to three new campuses related to the Noble Street Charter schools, six new high schools are proposed for 2009 openings: Alcott High School for the Humanities, Ogden High School, Urban Prep Academy for Young Men in  Garfield Park, Career Academy for Advanced Technology,  Chicago Talent Development High School in West Garfield Park, and EPIC Academy in South Chicago.

Four elementary schools are also proposed: Garfield Park Prepatory Academy, South Loop of South Shore, Noble Street Charter School Bain-NUSH campus, and Chicago International Charter School, Altgeld Gardens campus.

The board will also consider the addition of ChicagoRise and Chicago Alliance for School Excellence (CASE) as school operators and consultants for turnaround schools in fall 2009. Currently, the Academy for Urban School Leadership, also based in Chicago, is the only management firm used by CPS for turnaround schools. As many as 10 city schools will be designated for turnarounds next fall, CPS officials said last month.

The board meeting is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m (sign-ups are from 8 to 9 a.m.). The regular meeting will start about 12:30 p.m. Board of Education meetings are held at the CPS Central Office downtown, 125 S. Clark.

Paul Bowker, a Chicago-area journalist with 25 years of experience, covers Chicago Public Schools for the Daily News.