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 – Week of July 15, 2019

July 19, 2019
No more sink or swim: How one Illinois program aims to train more resilient, longer-lasting teachers By Yana Kunichoff for Chalkbeat “Just two years out of high school, Leo Sanchez can easily recall the drowsy feeling of sitting in a Chicago classroom on a warm day.  So he recognized the moment this month at Julian […]
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Men’s Empowerment at Catalyst

July 17, 2019
Troy Morris never planned on becoming a teacher. He went to Columbia College in Chicago with the dream of one day telling stories by writing films. He got his master’s degree in English. After graduating with that degree, a friend of his told him that the school that he worked for – Catalyst Circle Rock […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – Week of July 8, 2019

July 12, 2019
Free CPS Safe Haven summer program begins Monday By WLS “Monday is the first day for Chicago’s Safe Haven program. Safe Haven provides free anti-violence workshops for youth, focusing on positive conflict-resolution, anger management and more. The program is available at 37 sites across Chicago on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through August […]
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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 101

Charter 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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