an education forum in Oak Park Wednesday, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford
(D-Maywood) said she plans to introduce legislation to help stop the
Illinois State Charter Commission's "hidden agenda" of expanding charter
schools across the state.
The Illinois legislature set up
this special charter governing body back in 2011. The commission has
autonomy from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the power to
override local school boards if they reject applications from charter
companies looking to open schools in their communities. A number of
education activists have blasted the commission, saying its sole purpose
is to override these charter denials.
authorizer, they've hired a lobbyist that has a salary, and there's a
hidden agenda," Lightford said at the forum, held at Oak Park's Percy Julian Middle School.
"(School) funding would come away from you and go directly into this
situation, and I think it's something we all should be very mindful
Lightford said she would introduce a bill at some point during next year's legislative session that would get rid of the commission's
override powers and give charter authorizing responsibility back to ISBE. Read more »