(Chicago, IL) — July 20, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that establishes an independent charter school commission to authorize and regulate charter schools throughout Illinois.
“By creating an accountable body dedicated to charter schools, we are giving communities another way to empower parents with more choices for their child’s education,” said Quinn.
Sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood), the new law creates the State Charter School Commission that will decide all appeals to charter school applications.
The new charter school panel will provide an alternative path to charter school creation and improve the quality of charter schools by setting accountability and outcome standards, Quinn says.
Currently, 13,000 children in Illinois are on waiting lists for the 50 charter schools in Illinois, 37 of which are in Chicago.
Local school districts must authorize charter schools and they must be certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The education board will appoint the nine members of the commission from a slate of candidates proposed by the Governor.