Charter Pulse

Selected readings on US charter schools

ILLINOIS: Rauner touts charter schools at Decatur stop

DECATUR — For the third time in as many weeks, Gov. Bruce Rauner made a stop in Decatur. While previous stops have had Rauner speak to college students and local officials … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter Schools

CHICAGO (CBS) – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools. “I’m … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Let public charter schools succeed

In Illinois you can almost imagine the spittle on their lips as furious lawmakers take aim at charter schools. Some want to do away with a commission that considers appeals … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: An update on the charter school assault

It took a fight to create Southland College Prep Charter High School. In 2010, the Richton Park charter school opened its doors as an alternative to Rich Township High School … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Charter school supporters rally against slew of bills

One bill would eliminate the state’s independent charter school authorizer. Another would place a cap on salaries for charter school CEOs and require school districts—not schools themselves–to hold lotteries for … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Tale of Two Directions on Charter Schools

New York and Illinois are headed in two different directions when it comes to support for public charter schools. In New York, state leaders reached agreement on a budget plan … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Retain panel for charter schools

A movement is afoot to kill a state commission that hears appeals from groups that want to open charter schools but are denied by their local school districts. An Illinois … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: A way forward to equal opportunity: charter schools

Precision and clarity have never been the hallmarks of campaign speeches or political slogans. So President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech was a welcome contribution to the debate … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Charter network creates own teacher pipeline for its alumni

The Noble Network of Charter Schools wants more of its alumni to come back and teach in its classrooms. The charter school group has grown exponentially since its first campus … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: Emanuel defends new charter schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday dismissed criticism aimed at his hand-picked school board’s decision to approve seven new charter schools after it shuttered 47 neighborhood schools last year, saying they’re … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: CPS approves seven new charter schools

Despite protests and less than a year after closing 50 traditional public schools due to declining enrollment, Chicago’s Board of Education voted Wednesday afternoon to approve seven new charter schools. … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

ILLINOIS: A passionate debate over CPS’ 21 proposed charter schools

A hearing on 21 proposed new Chicago Public Schools charters drew at least 300 people to CPS headquarters on a snowy Monday evening, with supporters and opponents equally passionate about … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment


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