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 5175—a bill that includes an important check-and-balance process, ensuring applications are reviewed in accordance with the law. The House voted November 14 to override the governor’s veto.
The Commission was created by a strong, bipartisan vote in 2011. It has been judicious in using its authority—overturning a district’s decision only six times out of more than 60 applicants. When it comes to educating children, the stakes are incredibly high, and the charter public school community supports the Commission’s work and rigor.