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A Statement from CICS

Written by Chicago International Charter School
26 October 2018
Posted in News

October 26, 2018

CICS is committed to communicating openly and transparently with its stakeholders, and sharing facts and correcting misinformation regarding our vibrant and diverse CICS network. CICS has fourteen campuses, CTU, the union representing teachers at four CICS campuses, has scheduled a strike authorization vote for next Friday, November 2.

The four campuses represented by CTU that will take a strike authorization vote are ChicagoQuest, Ralph Ellison, Northtown Academy and Wrightwood.

Our other ten campuses (Avalon, Basil, Bucktown, Lloyd Bond, Loomis Primary, Longwood, West Belden, Irving Park, Prairie, Washington Park) should not be affected by this strike authorization vote.

CICS is not the employer of teachers at our campuses, and therefore is not involved in contract negotiations. Nonetheless, due to the recent misinformation published about CICS’ Network, CICS must set the record straight.

  • Of the 16% of per-pupil funds that CICS receives, only 3% are ‘management fees’ used to support Network office operations such as data, finance, enrollment and recruitment. The remaining 13% is used to cover rent payments for CICS' fourteen properties, debt service, capital projects and repairs.  This is necessary, because unlike traditional public schools, charter schools must provide and pay for their own facilities.
  • CICS has earned one of the highest Standard and Poor’s bond ratings (‘BBB’) held by a Charter school in the country, which is indicative of strong financial management.

CICS genuinely respects and appreciates the talented and committed education innovators employed by each of our school management partners who work tirelessly in support of the 8,300 students attending CICS’ 14-campuses, 92% of whom are Black and Latinx.

CICS is troubled by CTU’s threatened strike and the obvious harm it will cause to our students and their families. Nonetheless, we remain hopeful that, through continuing good-faith negotiations, a strike will be avoided.

Every Child, Every Day.

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