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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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Surge Announcement
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates Stephanie Arias and Cesar Dominguez on their acceptance into the 2017 Surge Fellowship cohort. The Surge Fellowship develops high-potential talent within education to create the pipeline of influential education leaders of color. This network transforms status quo systems and approaches in education by sharing ownership of the[…]
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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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Turn a recycled refrigerator into a racecar? That is the mission set forth by ComEd’s Icebox Derby, a four-week summer program that brought together 30 teenage girls from across the city to spark interest and inspire involvement in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Through a competitive city-wide selection process, two APIRA Early College[…]
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Illinois Network of Charter Schools lobby day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday, April 6. 2016.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is thrilled to report that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed HB5918 into law. This bipartisan bill moves charter policy forward in Illinois by expanding potential renewal terms for high-performing charter schools and increasing the supply of start-up funding in the state revolving loan program. HB5918 increases the renewal period[…]
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