Illinois State
Charter School Commission

Serving as a Stimulus for Educational Excellence

Established in 2011, as an independent body with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority, the vision of the Illinois State Charter School Commission is that ALL Illinois students and families have access to a high quality schools and academic experiences.  Currently, comprised of nine schools (10 campuses) across the state Commission schools serve 4,000 students.  Commission schools are a stimulus for educational excellence and equity; exemplifying the legislative intent of the charter schools law.

As an independent, third-party the Commission provides equal opportunity to local districts and charter applicants, ensuring that appeals are resolved in compliance with the law and the best interests of students impacted.

Illinois' Only Independent Authorizer, the State Charter School Commission

BELIEVES in
Parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers – those closest to the students – are best suited to make educational decisions and school selections.
ENCOURAGES District and Charter School Collaboration
Before, during and after an appeal, school districts and charter applicants are encouraged to engage, collaborate, and leverage their respective capacities, in the best interests of students, especially at-risk populations.
VALUES Experienced Educators
Commissioners, staff, and independent evaluators collectively have more than 75 years of experience in traditional public and charter schools, as former principals, teachers, and administrators.
SUPPORTS Neighborhood Schools are Important
Neighborhood schools are a great option when they offer high quality academic experiences in a safe and accessible environment. All students deserve to have access to unique, innovative, and flexible educational options within their local community.
RESOLVES Appeals Fairly
While ensuring fairness and accountability through a transparent, comprehensive and rigorous appeals process, districts and charter applicants are provided an equal opportunity to present respective positions are in compliance with the law and in the best interests of students impacted.

How can we help you?

The Illinois State Charter School Commission provides technical assistance to authorizers and charter school applicants.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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