The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) has always focused on creating opportunity for Illinois children. That is why we stand in support of all students, regardless of their immigration status. Illinois has more than 63,000 students in public charter schools today, many of whom are immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal program established in 2012 that protects undocumented immigrant children brought into the United States. Today, that protection is at risk and could soon come to an end, affecting thousands of Illinois charter school families.
We are proud that Illinois’ own, senior Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, are lead sponsors of the DREAM Act of 2017, a bill introduced in July with bipartisan support. Passing this legislation would give Dreamers the legal status and the map to citizenship they deserve. Our school children, regardless of their heritage, should be allowed to continue to go to school, work, and raise families in the country they now consider their home – the United States.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools stands firmly behind this legislation, calls on Congress to take action, and encourages all our allies to do the same by reaching out to their elected officials.
About the Illinois Network of Charter Schools
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools advocates for the improvement of public education by leveraging the charter school model as a catalyst to transform lives and communities. INCS works to ensure that charter public schools have adequate and equitable resources, the autonomy to find innovative approaches to meet student needs, and a fair and transparent policy landscape that allows high-quality options to thrive. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS engages a diverse coalition of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and community members to create systemic change and secure high-quality schools for underserved communities. Learn more at www.incschools.org.