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CICS Principal Lindsey Robinson Receives National Recognition

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools congratulates Lindsey Robinson, recipient of Accelerate Institute’s 2019 Ryan Award for exceptional school leadership. Robinson earned the national award for her work as principal of Chicago International Charter School (CICS) Avalon campus. “Charter public school principals like Ms. Robinson are helping transform the lives of thousands of children, and we, along with CICS, congratulate her…
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Charter Public School Parents Meet with Illinois Lawmakers to Call for Fair Treatment

CHICAGO (INCS)—Hundreds of parents of charter school students will gather at the state capitol May 8 to celebrate the successes of charter public schools and to demand equitable treatment from elected officials. More than 64,700 families in Illinois have selected charter public schools to educate their children, and these parents voices will be heard as…
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Illinois Charter Commission Approves Appeal, Overturns Closure

CHICAGO (INCS)—Earlier this week, the Illinois State Charter School Commission upheld the decision to close a low-performing charter public school and voted to approve a campus expansion of an existing high-quality charter public school. The Commission also denied an appeal by another charter school seeking an additional campus and overturned a decision to close an…
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INCS Statement on the Inauguration of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) extends its congratulations to J.B. Pritzker, who has been inaugurated today as Illinois’ 43rd governor. INCS looks forward to working with Governor Pritzker in fostering education policy that advances student achievement and benefits all Illinois residents. The governor has been a national leader in early childhood education, and…
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INCS Grateful Classes Resume, Displeased with Shortened Instructional Time

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased that Acero students will return to the classroom and learning will resume. As the largest advocate for charter public schools, INCS continues to honor the deep contributions charter teachers make daily. Fostering academic growth and well-being of children will always be our highest priority and the…
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INCS Disappointed with Failed Contract Negotiations, Teacher Strike

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is disappointed with the breakdown of contract negotiations, prompting charter public school teachers who are unionized to strike. INCS has always honored the contribution of charter teachers, who work daily to create safe and productive learning environments for all students. INCS is therefore discouraged with the Chicago Teachers…
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INCS Stands Firm on Quality, High-Performing Charter Public Schools

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) has always been about establishing and supporting high-performing, quality charter public schools. INCS’ stance on quality applies to all public schools—any school that serves Chicago students should he held accountable for improving student performance. Parents are aware of the performance of their locally-zoned schools, and when zoned to…
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INCS Pleased with Illinois Senate Vote to Retain HB 5175

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased that the Illinois State Charter School Commission will retain its authority to hear appeals from those denied by school districts to start a charter public school. Votes in the Illinois Senate Wednesday evening came up short in an attempt to override the governor’s veto of HB…
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INCS Continues to Set the Record Straight on Funding

INCS is disappointed to learn that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and ChiACTS are calling for a strike authorization vote. The charter movement was founded on the principle that students need additional educational opportunities and a strike would do nothing to further such opportunity. Particularly troubling is the fact that CTU/ChiACTS are attempting to justify…
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