A statement from Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools on Mayor Brandon Johnson’s inauguration.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates Brandon Johnson on his first day in office as the new Mayor of Chicago and extends our best wishes as he takes on the responsibilities and challenges facing Chicago as its new leader. Today’s inauguration ceremony marks the beginning of his four-year term at City Hall.
Now more than ever, Chicagoans must come together to support all public schools and other initiatives to lift up families and children across our great city. INCS is committed to partnering with Mayor Johnson to improve educational outcomes for students. Our hope is that the Mayor creates a table long enough for all stakeholders to have a voice and engage in these critical policy decisions that will shape the future of our city and its public education system. The charter community stands ready and willing to participate and take action.
For more than two decades, INCS has committed itself to working with our member schools and the more than 56,000 charter families across Chicago to create high-quality public schools in their neighborhoods so that all children—regardless of zip code, ethnicity, family income or background—can excel academically, receive the preparation needed to succeed in college, and become thoughtful, engaged, and active contributors in society. Tens of thousands of Chicago families depend on a charter public education, and charter public school parents and advocates stand eager and ready to work with Mayor Johnson and his new administration over the next four years – our city’s students deserve nothing less!