Illinois State Representatives Welch and Guzzardi, have launched an attack on Charter Public Schools and we need your help to stop it. HB3567 as amended would deny any school district that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) places on “financial watch” or “financial early warning” status from opening a charter public school. However, many of the school districts impacted by this bill have test scores and graduation rates lower than the state average. Don’t let Rep. Guzzardi (D-Chicago) dictate which schools your family and neighborhoods can consider.
Next, HB768 would end the primary function of the Illinois State Charter Commission. The Commission is the only route of appeal communities and education advocates have if a school district negligently denies a charter application or wrongly closes a charter public school. Charter public schools started in Illinois in 1996 to provide communities with high-quality public school options because for decades the traditional public school system had not adequately served all students.