Chicago school district officials are suing a state commission for overturning their decision to close charter schools that were not meeting the district’s performance benchmarks.
The Illinois State Charter School Commission granted an appeal to three charter schools to stay open, saying the district had not given the schools enough time to adjust to newly implemented standards, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Most authorizers in Illinois are school districts. But the commission, unlike districts, has the power to grant charters to schools anywhere in the state, and it can also grant appeals to charter applications or renewals that have been turned down by other authorizers.
A version of this article appeared in the March 30, 2016 edition of Education Week as Chicago District Sues Over Charter Reversal