• Paving a New Path is INCS guide to starting a new charter school in Illinois. It provides practical advice on the key phases of planning a charter school, from exploring the idea of charter school development to submitting a high-quality charter school proposal and preparing to open your school. 
  • Chicago Public Schools Office of New Schools is the new school authorizer in Chicago.  Their mission is to authorize high quality schools, particularly within Chicago’s high need communities, to help ensure that all students in Chicago have access to high quality school options.  To that end, ONS runs an annual process to evaluate applicants interested in starting new or turnaround schools. For more information about the new school selection process, including the most recent RFP, visit the ONS Process to Open a New School page
  • IFF, formerly Illinois Facilities Fund, is a nonprofit corporation and an award-winning community development financial institution certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1996.  In 2008, IFF received the Wachovia NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance and Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award for its innovative lending model. Formed in 1988 to provide nonprofit corporations serving low-income communities with affordable financing for capital projects, IFF today has three offices serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
  • New Schools for Chicago (formerly the Renaissance Schools Fund) wants to radically improve outcomes for Chicago’s children through public education. Through their New Schools Fund, they will invest $60 million in new top-performing schools in neighborhoods that are most in need of quality school options.  In five years, those schools can serve about 20 percent of the Chicago school District.  The return by 2020:  Their schools serving about 30 percent, with 10,000 more students graduating and 12,000 more enrolling in college.