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UPTOWN CHICAGO COMMISSION

Uptown in the News  

January 17, 2005
Chicago Tribune
City drafts its teams to launch 18 schools
By Ana Beatriz Cholo


School officials will announce their choices for 18 new schools this week, as the Renaissance 2010 plan kicks into high gear. Eleven of the schools will be district run and seven will be charter schools.

One surprise that came out of community discussions in recent weeks was that a small band of Chicago Public Schools teachers are planning to operate a new program in the Arai Middle School building, edging out Perspectives and Chicago International , two prominent organizations that operate charter schools in the city.

Karen Zaccor, a 7th-grade math teacher at Arai, and one of the three teachers who came up with the idea for a teacher-led school, said the school will emphasize college preparation. It will recruit residents and organizations in the Uptown neighborhood and local colleges to help out.

Zaccor, a resident of Uptown whose daughter attended the school, said her two colleagues in the new school, including one who attended Arai himself, have stong ties to the community.

Perspectives co-director Diana Shulla-lCose was disappointed with the district's decision.


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