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INCS Statement on Budget Framework for Chicago’s Charter Public Schools

Posted on: May 24, 2019

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 budget cuts is underway, along with measures of funding stability for charter public schools in fiscal year 2020. Agreements also yielded a preservation of a per-pupil funding allocation for charters and equitable treatment concerning charter public schools facing under-enrollment challenges. CPS also now has budget certainty in terms of charter public school payments for the upcoming school year. Equitable funding is a longstanding commitment of both the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) and CPS. Working together, we are pleased that we were able to come up with a funding framework that moves us closer to full equity.