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INCS Applauds Governor Pritzker’s Signing of Charter School Bill

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) applauds Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recent decision to sign HB 3659 into law. This new law requires all board members of Illinois’ charter public schools to complete annual board training and ensures parental voice by requiring that at least one member of a charter public school’s governing board be…
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INCS Statement Regarding the Illinois State Charter School Commission

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and leadership of the Illinois State Charter School Commission, which will conclude its work June 2020. The Illinois State Board of Education will assume the Commission’s work and authorities, which includes overseeing a checks-and-balance system to ensure fair treatment of Illinois’…
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INCS Statement on the Appointment of New CPS Board

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates the newly appointed members of the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education (CPS BOE): Miguel del Valle, president, Sendhil Revuluri, vice president, Dwayne Truss, Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Lucino Sotelo, Luisiana Melendez and Amy Rome. The CPS BOE consists of a diverse group, including former graduates, a parent, a principal and community advocates, who will…
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INCS Statement on Budget Framework for Chicago’s Charter Public Schools

In their mutual commitment to ensuring that Chicago students are provided access to high quality public education, the charter public school community and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recently concluded discussions in a way that will protect classroom and staff resources and preserve quality programming in charter public schools. Based on this agreement, restoration of fourth-quarter…
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INCS Statement on the Inauguration of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) extends its congratulations to Lori Lightfoot, who was inaugurated today as Chicago’s new mayor. INCS is eager to partner with Mayor Lightfoot in deepening support for the city’s public schools, bridging the economic gap among neighborhoods, and supporting other initiatives to lift up families across our great city….
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INCS Response to Strike Authorization Votes

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is disappointed that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has issued strike authorization votes at Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy High School, Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy Charter School, Youth Connection Charter School – Latino Youth High School, and Youth Connection Leadership Academy. A strike places significant burdens on…
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INCS Mourns the Passing of Harrison I. Steans

Illinois lost a true champion. The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) mourns the passing of Harrison I. Steans, an entrepreneur and founder of North Lawndale College Prep, a two-campus charter public high school.

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INCS Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools applauds Governor Pritzker’s plan to fully fund the education formula in Illinois by allocating $375 million in additional funds, a $25 million increase over the statutorily targeted increase to the formula. For too many years, Illinois has lagged other states when it comes to state support for public education….
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INCS Statement on CTU’s Call for Strike at CICS

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools is disappointed that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has chosen to strike at four Chicago International Charter School (CICS) campuses, which affects the education of 2,200 students. The safety of students and staff along with maintaining a stable, high-quality learning environment remains a CICS top priority. INCS therefore calls…
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INCS Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, we at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) reflect on the work of one of our nation’s greatest moral champions. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought tirelessly for equality in the face of substantial resistance, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of a simple ideal – that America live up…
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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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