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The Commission will serve as a respected statewide charter school authorizer committed to the use of national best practices in all domains, especially: resolving appeals fairly and timely according to the law; managing its charter schools annually and on renewal on the basis of rigorous and transparent accountability standards to provide high quality public education; serving as an approachable and helpful resource state-wide to districts, applicants, elected leaders and the public regarding excellence in authorizing practices and techniques; and leading civil civic discourse on chartering issues, guided by data and the best interests of students.
The Illinois Charter School Commission was established in 2011 as an independent body with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority. The Commission, comprised of nine appointed members supported by a professional staff, is guided by the belief in the right of all Illinois families to a high quality education. Its vision and mission as well as its set of governing principles incorporate and expand on this belief. Since its inception, the Commission has sought to be an active and respected authorizer and has based its policies and resources on national best practices.
The Commission is currently the authorizer of four schools, two in Chicago, one in Grayslake and one in Richton Park. The Commission also is responsible for developing model policies and resources for school districts and charter authorizers to raise the level of professional practice in the Illinois charter school sector.
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