U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) wants more federal funding for charter schools. Kirk is sponsoring a bill in the Senate to increase that federal support to $300 million per year. Kirk claims charter schools outperform typical public schools in terms of graduation rates and college enrollment, which he says should be reasons for teachers to support charter expansion.
“The donor community gets really interested and the pie just gets bigger because the success is so everyone wants to bag an inner-city school with a record like this,” Kirk said. “I would say to the teachers’ union: you want more money, you want more resources? Then back the winning method of delivering kids to college.”
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Similar legislation passed in the U.S. House on Friday by a vote of 360 to 45.
According to Kirk, there are 145 individual charter school locations in Illinois, and more than 20,000 students are on the waiting lists to attend those schools.
The Illinois Education Association is supporting legislation at the state level to abolish the State Charter School Commission.