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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Changing the future of LEARN Excel Scholars… One Bite at a Time

April 18, 2019
Rebecca Rich is the school social worker at LEARN Excel. She began her career at LEARN two years ago and has spent that time supporting students with their individual needs and building partnerships with organizations to support the entire LEARN Excel community. She is the “Communities in Schools” liaison, which is an organization that works […]
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Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – Week of April 8th, 2019

April 12, 2019
Lightfoot ‘impressed’ with CPS’ Jackson; at CPD, Johnson ‘encouraged’ after chat By Fran Spielman for the Chicago Sun-Times “Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said Friday she “came away very impressed” after her meeting with Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and hinted strongly that Jackson would keep her $260,000-a-year job. Lightfoot’s wide-ranging interview with the Chicago Sun-Times […]
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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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