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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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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.[…]
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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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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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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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