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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great news for the state, and from Washington

Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign Senate Bill 612 (Charter School Reform Act of 2009) tomorrow, expanding the number of charter schools from 60 to 120, with 45 new charter schools allowed in Chicago, five of those schools allocated for drop-out recovery, and 15 for downstate Illinois. We'd like to congratulate INCS staff, our members and the family of volunteers, who worked tirelessly over the course of five years to achieve this victory. The signing will take place at Alain Locke Charter Academy. For details, read INCS' Press Release.

Great News from Washington
The President has announced plans for the Race to the Top Fund to support states leading the way in education reform and innovation in classrooms, and the charter sector should benefit from these resources. We will keep you apprised of upcoming news as draft regulations will be shared in the next few weeks. You can read the release from the U.S. Department of Education.

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