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Chicago Public Schools Wed Aug 05 2015

Intrinsic Withdraws Proposal For Third Charter School

Intrinsic Schools has sent a letter to the North Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) informing that they are withdrawing their proposal for their third charter high school in Chicago.

The letter was addressed from Intrinsic CEO Melissa Zaikos and came one night before a scheduled "Capacity Interview," which would have essentially been an interview of the charter operator by the NAC.

In the letter, Zaikos referenced the difficulty Intrinsic has had in citing their second school, which was provisionally approved by the Board of Education in 2014.

As previously reported, an outright majority of members of the North Side NAC had called upon Intrinsic to withdraw the proposal, due both to the lack of a specified location and the expenses incurred by the process itself. (As noted in the prior article, I serve on the North Side NAC and originally suggested the sending of such a letter to Intrinsic.)

Further information is expected to be available on Wednesday night where NAC members have been told there will be a final wrap up meeting.

There are also NACs for three other parts of the city -- West, South/Southeast, and Southwest -- which are continuing to meet and consider other charter proposals for their parts of the city.

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