The Illinois Network of Charter Schools’ Statement on Chicago Public Schools 2014-2015 Budget

Posted July 23, 2014

Chicago, Illinois – Today, the Chicago Board of Education approved the $5.76 billion operating budget for Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) 2014-2015 school year to serve our city’s nearly 400,000 public school students.

In a challenging financial climate, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools urges CPS to remain focused on investing in opportunities to improve student achievement and access to...

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Great Schools Can’t Wait! INCS Strongly Supports the Elgin Math and Science Charter School

Posted July 21, 2014

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools strongly supports the Elgin Math and Science Charter School Initiative and their application to open a quality charter public school to serve the Elgin community. Charter schools are public schools with strict accountability and a strong focus on improving academic achievement and outcomes for students. Charter schools are tuition-free and open to all...

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INCS Celebrates another School Year of Student Success in Illinois Charter Public Schools

Posted July 17, 2014

Record number of charter high school graduates heading to college this fall

Chicago, Illinois—The Illinois Network of Charter Schools congratulates more than 3,500 high school graduates from charter public high schools across the state this year.  Education leaders in charter schools have worked extremely hard to ensure their students not only graduate from high school but are also...

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INCS Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Posted July 02, 2014

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, ending formal segregation in public spaces and accommodations. This was the culmination of years of tireless work by civil rights advocates and ushered in a new era of reform that brought us the Voting Rights Act one year later, the Fair Housing Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In...

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IL CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT MOBILIZES UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH TO PRESERVE QUALITY SCHOOL CHOICE

Posted May 31, 2014

Chicago, IL (May 31, 2014) – With the conclusion of the 2014 Illinois legislative session just minutes ago, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) recognizes the leadership of those in the Illinois General Assembly who prioritized students and families in a bipartisan effort to preserve quality public school choice. This year, charter public schools and the more than 60,000 Illinois...

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Reflections on Brown: INCS Statement on the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board

Posted May 16, 2014

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down formal segregation in our public schools. Those of us who work to improve public education should take a moment to reflect on the journey that began 60 years ago and redouble our efforts to make sure the promise of Brown – equal educational opportunity – is realized.

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Kirk Promotes 92 Percent College Enrollment Rate and Innovative Curriculum at Perspectives/IIT Math

Posted May 09, 2014

Kirk Bill, S. 2304, Rewards Innovative Charter Schools; Bipartisan Bill Expands Student Access to Charter Schools Nationwide

CHICAGO — As Congress moves to consider legislation to support public charter schools throughout the country, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today demonstrated his continued support for charter schools and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education...

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Illinois Senator Mark Kirk Awarded 2014 Charter School Champion Award by National Alliance for Publ

Posted May 06, 2014

Chicago, Illinois – Today, theNational Alliance for Public Charter Schools presented Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) with the 2014 Charter Champion Award at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Illinois Network of Charter Schools President Andrew Broy introduced Senator Kirk, thanked him for his support of charter schools, and described the critical role he played in bringing charter options...

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NEW REPORT: INEQUITABLE FUNDING FOR ILLINOIS CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXPANDS

Posted April 30, 2014

Analysis shows if Illinois districts received same level of per pupil funding as charter schools, districts would receive nearly $3 billion less in total funding  

Chicago, Illinois – Today, the University of Arkansas released a new report entitled, “Charter Funding: Inequity Expands“ confirming that the funding disparity between district-run public schools and charter public schools has...

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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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