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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Washington Post: “There’s a real progressive case for charter schools”

February 20, 2020
If you’ve paid attention to the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates and the talking points from “progressive” activists on Twitter, you’ve heard some version of the argument that charter schools aren’t progressive. But, Conor P. Williams from the Century Foundation – a progressive think tank – makes a clear and compelling argument for the progressivism of […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – February 8th – February 14th, 2020

February 14, 2020
Let’s Help Our Young People Unlearn What White Supremacy Taught Them By Tanesha Peeples for Chicago Unheard “…The notion that we’re “less than” has been reinforced by White privilege, mainstream media that loves to perpetuate colorism, oppressive institutions and prejudiced ideological constructs dating back to the day we stepped foot on this land as enslaved […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – February 1st – February 7th, 2020

February 7, 2020
Where’s the SQRP That Measures ‘Academic Gusto?’ By Maureen Kelleher for Chicago Unheard “To many parents, teachers and principals in Chicago Public Schools, the letters “SQRP” spell a four-letter word. SQRP–which stands for “School Quality Rating Policy“–has been a simmering issue for years, and it boiled up last June when Mayor Lightfoot’s newly appointed Board […]
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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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