Ill. Policy Institute: A Major Victory‏

From the Illinois Policy Institute…

Finally in Illinois, we have the power to say “Yes” to charter schools.

Yesterday Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Charter School Quality Act, a major victory for the school reform movement. Under this legislation, a new state commission will authorize and regulate charter schools – allowing new schools to open in dozens of communities where, until now, charter schools were nonexistent. This is a victory for families and communities who have long sought an alternative to a failing public school.

The Illinois Policy Institute is proud of its role in crafting this legislation, which you can read about here. But this victory would not have been realized without the help of more than a dozen individuals dedicated to creating a better school system here in Illinois. State Sen. Heather Steans deserves special mention, and we applaud Gov. Quinn for turning this legislation into law.

Charter schools having been improving education in Illinois for several years now (read our newly released performance review of downstate and suburban charter schools for the 2009-10 school year) and now, thanks to all of these people, more charter schools will now join others that already exist in Illinois.

Do not be mistaken; we must continue to take steps in improving our state’s public education system. But today, we can be assured that the state has taken a bold step in the right direction.

Collin Hitt
Senior Director of Government Affairs
Illinois Policy Institute

Institute Headlines and Events

  • VIDEO: Out of Sync Coverage. Our new report highlighting the disparity between state employees’ compensation and that of private sector workers has been making a lot of waves in the media. Click the image above to watch Ted Dabrowski, the Institute’s vice president of policy, on ABC 7 Chicago to discuss the report’s findings. Also, if you haven’t seen it already, check out our video about how union protestors think they’re making less than their private sector counterparts – and why they’re wrong.
  • July 29 – Where to Next? The Future of Education Reform in Illinois. Join us and our education expert Collin Hitt for a complimentary breakfast and to celebrate the school choice advances made this week in Illinois, while looking forward to what the next steps might be. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
  • July 26 – Adopt-A-District Training Session in Rockford. This training session will be chock full of resources and tips for citizens who want to be engaged at any level. The event is free and includes food and beverages, but space is very limited. Our Peoria event this evening filled to capacity and the Rockford event is very near capacity, so register now! Click here to register.

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