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Representative Dan Burke Named 2017 Charter Champion

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates Representative Dan Burke (D) for being honored as a Charter Champion by the National Alliance for Charter Public Schools (NACPS). Representative Burke was among 19 leaders from all levels and branches of government recognized for their efforts to provide better educational options for the families they represent.

Representative Dan Burke has been a champion for the Illinois charter public school community for years. With seven charter schools in his district and 4,623 of his student constituents attending charter schools, he can attest to the positive impact charter schools have had on the families he serves. He also understands that the funding charter public schools receive is inequitable compared to district-managed schools and has advocated to address these systematic inequities so that all children are afforded equal opportunities regardless of where they reside or which school they attend.

“INCS is thrilled that the National Alliance has acknowledged Representative Burke’s commitment to ensuring all children have equitable access to a high-quality education,” said Andrew Broy, President of INCS. “He has empowered thousands of families to find the best school option for their children, and we’re proud to call him an ally.”

About INCS:
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) advocates for the improvement of public education by leveraging the charter school model as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for undeserved communities. For more information, visit