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 September 9, 2019

September 13, 2019
Common Launches A Progressive Charter School In Chicago’s South Side By Ambrosia for Heads “Less than two weeks ago, Common released his 12th album, Let Love. Featuring production from Karriem Riggins as well as the late J Dilla, the LP also involves Swizz Beatz, A-Trak, and BJ The Chicago Kid, among others. The music campaign […]
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Starting Out at Intrinsic’s Downtown Campus

September 12, 2019
My name is Damaressa Quiles. I am a mother of three students in Chicago- Julian, my oldest, is a freshman at Intrinsic’s new Downtown Campus, Bryana is a 7th grader at Jahn Elementary School, and Amarelis is a 4th graders also at Jahn. I, myself, am a product of CPS. While living in the Hermosa […]
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The Impact of LEARN

September 10, 2019
“Building a foundation for the future.” Throughout my time as a scholar and then as an intern at LEARN, a charter public school on Chicago’s West Side, I have heard that phrase many times. Now that my time as an intern has come to a close, I know that this foundation means more than my […]
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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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