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Just Months After Closing 50 Schools, Chicago Issues RFP For More Charter Schools

Chicago Board of Education General Counsel, James Bebley, left, and CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, right, listen as Chicago Teache
Chicago Board of Education General Counsel, James Bebley, left, and CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, right, listen as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, speaks at a packed board meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Chicago. The board is expected to take a final vote Wednesday on whether to close 53 schools, an ambitious proposal that sparked protests and lawsuits and could help define ? for better or worse ? Mayor Rahm Emanuel's term in office. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Just two and a half months after a historic vote to close 50 schools, Chicago is laying the groundwork to bring more charter schools to the city.

Without fanfare, the district posted an official “request for proposals” to its website Monday that invites charter schools to apply to open shop in what the school district has identified as priority neighborhoods—large swaths of the Southwest and Northwest sides.

Those heavily Latino areas have struggled with overcrowded schools.

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