‘Ludicrous and infuriating’: Urban Prep fights CPS takeover to keep its charter status

CHICAGO (CBS) — For years, town of Chicago has celebrated Urban Prep Academy for its commencement rate and numerous different accomplishments.

Now, leaders on the college are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot for assist. They’re attempting to battle off a push by Chicago Public Schools to revoke the charters for 2 of its faculties.

As CBS 2’s Shardaa Gray reported Tuesday, leaders at Urban Prep need the mayor to intervene and halt the try by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to take over each of their campuses.

Urban Prep Academy, the one all-male Black charter college, identified for its 100% commencement rate, is now within the line of fireplace and at risk of dropping its license.

Anger stuffed the auditorium on the Urban Prep Englewood Campus on Tuesday. The Chicago Public Schools Board is anticipated to vote Wednesday to take over the Englewood and Bronzeville campuses.

“They have the audacity to think that they as be successful taking over Urban Prep and turn it into a program of another CPS high school. It is both ludicrous and infuriating,” stated Chief Academic Officer Dennis Lacewell.

But District officers laid out an in depth case towards the college. Failures embody that solely one-third of its academics are licensed, there aren’t any providers for disabled college students and there are mismanaged funds.

“Many of the issues they are referencing are from years ago. And it’s worth noting that in those years since then, we were approved and renewed each of those years,” stated Chief Operating Officer Troy Boyd Jr.

He’s speaking about fiscal year of 2015 and 2016. They stated since then, they have not had any points. Earlier this year, Urban Prep’s founder, Tim King, was compelled out after CPS discovered of a potential inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old pupil. 

That investigation is ongoing. The college stated that is retaliation.

“We believe that CPS is unable to separate our former CEO and founder from what’s currently going on at Urban Prep, the current leadership that exist. And that’s problematic,” stated Boyd.

The college board is ready to vote on the difficulty Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Urban Prep Academy stated employees and college students plan to attend.

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