Three High-Performing Charter Public Schools Renewed in the Communities of Rockford and Grayslake

Posted April 18, 2014

Charter schools improve student success and provide families with quality public school options

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools celebrates the success and renewals of three high-quality charter public schools – Galapagos and Legacy Academy of Excellence Charter School in Rockford, Illinois and Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, Illinois.

“Illinois charter schools are...

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Making College Dreams a Reality

Posted April 18, 2014

Ten Outstanding Illinois Charter Public School Seniors Honored With $55,000 in College Scholarships Through the Charter-to-College Scholarship Competition

Illinois –  This year, ten outstanding Illinois Charter Public High School seniors from across Illinois are being honored with a total of $55,000 in college scholarships through the Charter-to-College Scholarship Competition.  

The bar...

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Illinois State Senator William Delgado Visits Erie Elementary Charter School

Posted February 18, 2014


CHICAGO – Recently, Illinois State Senator William Delgado (D) for the 2nd District and Chairman of Education in the Senate, visited students and families at Erie Elementary Charter School. Principal Velia Soto led him on a tour to a variety of classes to meet with students, including a computer class where students were learning computer programming and a gym class being conducted in...

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New National Rankings Find Illinois Charter School Laws Rank in Bottom Third in Nation

Posted February 05, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Illinois’ charter school laws rank in the bottom third of the nation, according to an annual state-by-state ranking of charter school law quality released today by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. The report ranked Illinois 31st out of 43 states, including the District of Columbia, that have charter school laws.  Illinois’ rank slipped slightly from 28th...

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Media Report: INCS Makes a Big Splash in the Headlines in January

Posted February 03, 2014

The month of January was a particularly busy one for INCS and the Chicago charter sector on the media front with two events leading the coverage: CPS charter approvals and the New Schools Expo. Included below – in one place – is a full recap of this media coverage over the past 2 weeks.  

INCS served as a voice for the charter sector in a wide range of television, print, radio, online and...

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INCS’ Statement on Chicago Board of Education’s New Charter Approvals

Posted January 22, 2014

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools’ Statement
Regarding the Chicago Board of Education’s Vote on New Charter Proposals

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools applauds Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Board of Education, and Mayor Emanuel for putting principle above politics and approving seven highly-qualified charter public school applications. Today, the Chicago Board of...

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Posted January 16, 2014


Thousands of Chicago families will attend the 7th Annual New Schools EXPO in January, joining the 50,000 CPS students already choosing public charter schools.  The EXPO will feature more than 100 of Chicago’s public schools of choice, including charter and contract schools. Parents will learn about their school options, talk one-on-one with school principals, teachers and alumni, and...

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Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss visits Chicago Math and Science Academy

Posted December 19, 2013


Chicago, Illinois – Students and teachers at Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA) recently welcomed Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss to their school for a visit, where he enjoyed a tour, listened to the school’s band rehearse, and spent time meeting and speaking with students about their goals and aspirations for college and the future.

"I was very pleased to visit CMSA. Everyone I...

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Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt Visits Legal Prep Charter High School

Posted December 16, 2013


Chicago, Illinois –  Legal Prep Charter High School welcomed Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt to the school for a tour and meeting with students, teachers, and school leadership.  During the tour, Senator Van Pelt visited several classrooms and heard from parents of Legal Prep Charter School.

"I was pleasantly surprised at the growth and progress of the students at Legal Prep,”...

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INCS Appoints Adam Rogalski as Director of Advocacy and Policy Leadership

Posted December 13, 2013

Chicago, Illinois – The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) welcomes Adam Rogalski as the organization’s new Director of Policy and Advocacy Leadership. In his new role, Adam focuses on district and state-level advocacy and legislative affairs, as well as school-level data and policy analysis.

"INCS is truly fortunate to welcome Adam to the team at this critical point in Illinois'...

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