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Illinois Coalition Named Game Changer of the Year

October 26, 2017


Kasia Kalata


Illinois Coalition Named Game Changer of the Year by the PIE Network
The award celebrates INCS’ efforts to ensure charter funding equity in new state funding formula


Chicago, Illinois—The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is thrilled to announce that it has been named a winner of the Game Changer of the Year award by the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network along with several partner organizations, including Advance Illinois, Stand for Children Illinois, Educators for Excellence Chicago, One Chance Illinois, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education.


The Game Changer of the Year is awarded to a PIE Network member or partner campaign that set a new precedent, offered a leading model, moved the goal line for other states, or had other national implications for advancing the work of reform.


INCS and the other recipients were selected for advocacy efforts to reform Illinois’ school funding formula, which was the most regressive in the nation. The new funding formula more accurately reflects actual need and allocates additional funding for low-income districts. 


INCS led the effort to ensure charter school funding equity was included in the law. As a result, this new law requires that every charter school in Illinois be funded between 97 and 103 percent of the host district’s per capita tuition charge (PCTC), up from 75 to 125 percent per the previous law. (PCTC is a calculation by the Illinois State Board of Education to quantify the amount a school district pays from its own resources for each student.) This represents a major win for the charter community and will require operational funding parity for the first time in Illinois history.


“We at INCS are grateful to win this award,” said INCS President Andrew Broy. “This work improves funding for all schools, expands options for families, and ensures that charter public students receive equitable resources. We want to thank the thousands of charter parents, teachers, and community supporters who have fought for these changes over the past six years. They have rallied, volunteered on campaigns, voted, scheduled hundreds of legislative visits, and made their voices heard. This is their victory, too.”


About the Illinois Network of Charter Schools
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is dedicated to the improvement of public education by establishing high-quality charter public schools that transform lives and communities.  As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS advocates for legislation on behalf of the charter sector, provides support to strengthen charter schools, and influences education policy for the benefit of all public school students. Learn more at