Illinois’ charter school industry says it has voters on its side.  The Illinois Network of Charter Schools is out with a survey showing widespread support for at least the concept of charter schools, which are publicly funded but operated by private non-profit groups.

The group is trying to fend off efforts to slow charter school expansion. There are now 148 charter schools with 61,000 students.
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  • 75 percent of Illinois voters and 77 percent of Illinois parents believe in giving parents more choices in where they can send their children to school.
  • By a 49 to 27 margin, Illinois voters view charter public schools favorably, and there is bipartisan support from all regions and demographics across the state.
  • 79 percent of Illinois voters support giving parents whose children attend low-performing schools the option of attending a charter school.
  • Voters across the state – 70 percent – welcome charter schools to their community and strongly support policies that make it easier for charter public schools to open.
(Public Opinion Strategies, 600 registered Illinois voters, April 20-22, margin of error +/-4 percent)
A bill in Springfield would eliminate the state appeals board to which a prospective charter operator can turn if they’re rejected by their local school board.
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