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: August 1 – August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020
CPS backtracks and moves to all-remote learning for fall, but officials say they won’t be ‘cobbling things together’ like last spring By Hannah Leone, Sophie Sherry, John Keilman, and Claire Hao for the Chicago Tribune “After weeks of defending a proposal to reopen Chicago Public Schools this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: July 25 – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020
‘We have to learn how to live with COVID,’ Chicago schools chief says, but parents remain leery about fall reopening plan By Claire Hao for The Chicago Tribune “Hundreds of messages from parents and educators flooded in as soon as the Chicago Public Schools’ first fall reopening feedback meeting Monday opened up to the audience […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: July 18 – July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020
What Is CPS’ School Reopening Plan? Here’s A Simple Breakdown. By Paula Friedrich for WBEZ “In mid-July, Chicago Public Schools released a first look at what it is proposing for the fall. The short version? Most students will do a mix of in-person and remote learning, but the details depend on a student’s grade level […]
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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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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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