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INCS Grateful Classes Resume, Displeased with Shortened Instructional Time

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased that Acero students will return to the classroom and learning will resume. As the largest advocate for charter public schools, INCS continues to honor the deep contributions charter teachers make daily. Fostering academic growth and well-being of children will always be our highest priority and the…
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INCS Disappointed with Failed Contract Negotiations, Teacher Strike

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is disappointed with the breakdown of contract negotiations, prompting charter public school teachers who are unionized to strike. INCS has always honored the contribution of charter teachers, who work daily to create safe and productive learning environments for all students. INCS is therefore discouraged with the Chicago Teachers…
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INCS Stands Firm on Quality, High-Performing Charter Public Schools

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) has always been about establishing and supporting high-performing, quality charter public schools. INCS’ stance on quality applies to all public schools—any school that serves Chicago students should he held accountable for improving student performance. Parents are aware of the performance of their locally-zoned schools, and when zoned to…
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INCS Pleased with Illinois Senate Vote to Retain HB 5175

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…
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INCS Continues to Set the Record Straight on Funding

INCS is disappointed to learn that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and ChiACTS are calling for a strike authorization vote. The charter movement was founded on the principle that students need additional educational opportunities and a strike would do nothing to further such opportunity. Particularly troubling is the fact that CTU/ChiACTS are attempting to justify…
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Perspectives Interns Exhibit ADL Principles During INCS Internship

Kyla and Kayla, juniors at Perspectives Charter School, recently participated in a six-week internship at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) to gain more experience in a work environment. This is one of many internships that Perspectives offers to juniors who attend the school. We asked Kyla and Kayla a few questions about Perspectives and their internship experiences,…
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Divvy Bikes and Education Funding

By Rich Haglund, Chief Operating Officer at INCS Now that spring appears to be fully present in Chicago, I face more competition for Divvy bikes (Chicago’s bike-sharing program). Sometimes I have to walk to a second or third dock near the train station to get a bike to ride to my office. I admit I’m…
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School choice is for teachers, too.

By Rich Haglund, Chief Operating Officer at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools Adults with the means to do so regularly exercise school choice – by moving, by attending private school, or by homeschooling their children. In most communities, unless a large percentage of school-consuming families exercise choice suddenly, the existing public schools are not…
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APA’s Read to Succeed Program Honors LEARN 8 Middle School

On Wednesday, March 15, students from LEARN 8 Middle School were honored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Midwestern Region (Alpha Mi and Mu Mu Lambda Chapters). Brothers from Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity for African-American men, read poems to students and emphasized the importance of reading and becoming educated citizens. The…
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Changing the Narrative One Tie at a Time

On Wednesday, September 21, young men from LEARN 8 Middle School participated in the Tied to Greatness ceremony. Men of color from the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s west side taught the 8th grade boys how to tie their ties and encouraged them to combat the negative stereotypes seen in their environments. Sharing their…
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College-Bound Students Inspire Community at 87th Annual Bud Billiken Day Parade

Representative Christian Mitchell with several college-bound Chicago youth, minutes before the parade began Every summer, families on Chicago’s Southside gather to celebrate the start of the school year at the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade. This 87-year-old tradition launched with a noble purpose: “to provide underprivileged youth with the chance to be in the limelight.”[i]…
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Charter Community Takes Action to Bring High Quality Schools to Chicago Neighborhoods

On October 28, hundreds of charter school parents and supporters gathered before dozens of reporters and TV cameras prior to the CPS Board meeting chanting “Great Schools Can’t Wait,” “My Child, My Choice,” and “Charter Schools are Public Schools.” With the CPS Board vote just a few hours away, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools…
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