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 November 11, 2019

November 15, 2019
The Latest Elevate Chicago & Partner Blogs Noble in the News: Noble Schools Continue to Lead Rankings Across CPS “Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released the 2019 school ratings and again Noble schools secured top marks. The 2019 School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) placed Noble public charter high schools in 10 of the top 12 ranking […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – Week of November 4, 2019

November 8, 2019
The Latest Elevate Chicago Blogs  Top Five Myths About Charter Public Schools “We’d like to believe that everyone working in education can get along and do what’s best for kids. At a minimum, adults should be able to put aside their differences and agree on the same set of facts. Unfortunately, certain organizations have a […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – Week of October 28, 2019

November 1, 2019
Jamyle Cannon uses boxing to help West Side kids overcome life’s obstacles By Manny Ramos for the Chicago Sun-Times “As students trickled into a repurposed classroom on the third floor of Frazier Preparatory Academy in North Lawndale, they started skipping rope, wrapping their hands in cloth, putting on boxing gloves and shadow sparring. A heavy […]
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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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