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Community members stand against charter schools

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Community members came out Tuesday night to stand against charter schools.

Chicago Public Schools is considering opening more of them a year after closing 50 schools around the city.

Currently, CPS officials are reviewing 21 applications for new charter schools to open in the next two years.

They will present their findings next week to the Board of Education, who will vote whether to approve or deny the schools.

Several community groups came together at a forum Tuesday night at Shields Middle School to discuss the potential charters and why they shouldn't be approved.

Many are upset that CPS would even consider opening these schools after the district just closed 50 public schools.

Charters are being considered for neighborhoods such as Belmont Crag in, Chatham, McKinley Park/Bridgeport, Austin and South Shore.

CPS has said it is focusing on several areas that are overcrowded.

Many groups Tuesday said there wouldn't have been an issue if neighborhood schools weren't closed to begin with.

People expressed their concern Tuesday night that charters select students through a lottery system and they said those schools will routinely drop the bottom third of students.

The Board of Education is expected to vote on those charter applications next Wednesday.

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