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On Wednesday, March 15, students from LEARN 8 Middle School was 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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After the presidential election, we at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) found ourselves, like many other education reform organizations, questioning what the outcome will mean for the communities and students we serve. As an organization, we have spent the past 13 years fighting for Illinois families to have access to high-quality school options.[…]
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Nonprofits from virtually every sector, including education, are exploring new strategies for surviving budget challenges by putting in place tools, programs, and structures that will yield long-term benefits. Here are just a few strategies: 1. Focus on core programs that support the mission Nonprofits are seldom judged by their financial statements, but rather by the[…]
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YCCS
Last month, Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) created an education campaign to make the political system relevant to young people, educate and involve YCCS students who are eligible voters, and discuss their concerns and ideas relative to the main issues in the election that impact all facets of their lives, including violence, employment, affordable education,[…]
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  The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is pleased to announce Rich Haglund as our new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Rich is responsible for the management of INCS’ finances, development, and growth and support services for charter public schools. Rich will work closely with INCS President Andrew Broy and Catherine Deutsch, new Chief Strategy[…]
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LEARN Tied to Greatness Key
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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