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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Students break the “perfection” mold at Intrinsic

July 23, 2021
Nicole Erazo lives in Chicago with her four girls. Her oldest, who is soon to be 19, just graduated from high school at Rickover Naval Academy in Chicago (congrats!). Her second daughter, Cristina who is soon to be 17, just ended her sophomore year at Intrinsic Charter School Downtown Campus. Her other two daughters are […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: July 17 – 23, 2021

July 22, 2021
Chicago Public Schools will spend more than $9 billion this school year. Where will it go, and how will COVID relief money be used? By Tracy Swartz for The Chicago Tribune  “The Chicago Board of Education is prepared to vote later this month on a $9.3 billion budget that officials say will address student needs […]
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Justice Tigner Returns Home to Catalyst Maria

July 21, 2021
My name is Justice Tigner and I am an alumni of and current intern at Catalyst Maria Charter School. After attending other schools through eighth grade, I chose to attend Catalyst Maria for my four years of high school. I am so grateful that I had that choice. There could not have been a more […]
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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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