Keeping the customers captive

Ten years after the first Illinois charter school opened in Peoria, demand is soaring , reports the Chicago Tribune. Some 15,000 children applied for 5,000 slots for new charter students. One Chicago school was able to accept only 11 percent of applicants.

What to do? Limit the growth of charter schools, says a state representative. CharterBlog spotlighted this quote:

The rise in applications to charter schools “is a sad commentary on our existing public schools,” said State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago), who has filed legislation to stop the proliferation of charter schools.

If parents are turning away from the traditional public schools in their neighborhoods, she said, teachers and administrators should figure out why and fix the problems.

“Instead of opening charter schools, we need to go in there and see what the hell is going on in our schools,” Davis said.

While parents are waiting for district-run public schools to improve, Davis has introduced a bill to stop successful charters from opening more than one campus.

Under state law, only 30 charters can be granted in Chicago, where demand is the highest.

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  1. M. J. Wise says:

    So, the only way to ensure public school improvement via competition is to try to hamstring the competition as much as possible? Yeah, that’s the ticket. Traditional public schools deserve no handicaps and if they cannot change, they should die.

  2. Wayne Martin says:

    Here’s an article about Charter Schools in Chicago:

  3. M.J. Wise wrote:

    Traditional public schools deserve no handicaps and if they cannot change, they should die.

    Just as long as it’s understood they won’t throw themselves on their sword.

    The proponents of the district-based public education system see it as inherently good although they’ve got a hatfull of reasons why it should stay exactly the way it is with the exceptions of substantial funding increases and substantial reductions in any meaningful measures of accountability.