Sixteen charter operators are interested in opening 21 new schools in Chicago, the district said Wednesday.
The charter operators submitted "letters of intent" to the Chicago Public Schools about wanting to open the new schools within the next couple years.
Letters were filed by the Center for Positive Advancement; Connected Futures Academy; Evelyn Ann Charter School; Geneses Academic Preparatory Center; Intrinsic Schools; KIPP Chicago; Light House Youth Center; Mae Carol Jemison CORE Academy; Milewski Nature Fund Inc.; Newcomer Academy; Noble Street Network; Perspectives Charter School; pilotED Schools; Project Simeon 2000; and SMART Charter School.
The letters of intent come weeks after the Chicago Teachers Union's bargaining team rejected a contract offer earlier this month that called for a cap on charter schools.
Responding to news of the letters of intent, the union said it appears as if "it's business as usual for charter operators."
"It is also clear that charter proponents have no interest in the rational operation of the school district, as they hope to recklessly expand their footprint, even as existing charter campuses are also starting to cannibalize each other over competition for student enrollment," added CTU's statement.
CPS has set an April 25 deadline for charter operators to submit completed applications for new campuses.