We're a coalition of parents, educators, school leaders, and community leaders who believe every child in Chicago deserves a great public school, no matter what neighborhood they live in. That's why we're coming together to support great charter public schools in our communities – so that together, we can lift up our neighborhoods and give all our children the great education they deserve.

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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: October 17 – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020
The Catalyst ROCKITS Bring Technology to All By Elevate Chicago “Imran Shamim is the Director of Information Technology at Catalyst Charter Schools. His life experiences have shown him the profound power of technology, the way that it can impact communication and, at its deepest level, the way that people feel seen and heard. Imran is […]
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The Catalyst ROCKITS Bring Technology to All

October 20, 2020
Imran Shamim is the Director of Information Technology at Catalyst Charter Schools. His life experiences have shown him the profound power of technology, the way that it can impact communication and, at its deepest level, the way that people feel seen and heard. Imran is originally from Pakistan. He moved to Chicago in 1999, where […]
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Catalyst Parent, Advocate, and Board Member

October 16, 2020
Monica Smith grew up and attended traditional public schools in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. After graduating from high school she attended Wilbur Wright College. She now works as a teacher’s assistant in the Oak Park School District and lives with her family in Austin. These experiences that she had growing up inspired her to be the […]
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Get the Facts


The evidence is clear: Chicago's charter public schools are providing a world-class education to thousands of the city's highest-need students. But you may have heard some misinformation about what public charter schools are, who they serve, and how they're funded.


Research

Research

Independent, peer-reviewed research from some of the nation’s leading institutions shows that Chicago’s charter public schools are having an outsized impact on student achievement and college readiness.
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Charter Public Schools 101

Charter Public Schools 101

Charter schools are public schools, open to all students in their school districts - free of charge.
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Enrollment Facts

Enrollment Facts

Chicago’s charter public schools enroll almost 54,000 students, or about 14% of the city’s public school students.
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College Facts

College Facts

Chicago’s charter public schools are leading the way when it comes to preparing students for college.
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About Us

About Us

Every child in Chicago deserves to go to a great public school in their neighborhood.
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Funding Facts

Funding Facts

Funding for Chicago’s public charter schools has improved significantly in recent years, with the minimum local per pupil contribution rising from 75% of the local per pupil rate to 97%.
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Accountability

Accountability

State charter school laws give Chicago charter school operators greater autonomy to innovate, in order to improve outcomes for students of all backgrounds.
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State Commission

State Commission

The Illinois State Charter Commission serves as a reasonable, common-sense check on school districts - helping keep politics out of the charter school approval process.
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