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The Charter School Staff is responsible for all charter school related functions, many of which are time sensitive and have statutory deadlines.  The primary functions include but are not limited to:

  • Administration of the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) State Educational Agencies Grant - Awarded in Fall 2015 and provides $42m grant over 5 years for: a) the program design and initial implementation of charter schools b) expand the number of high quality and educationally diverse charter schools throughout the state by supporting the efforts of charter design teams and organizers c) evaluate the effects of charter schools, including their effects on students, staff and parents.
  • Oversight and Support of Charter Authorizers - The Charter Schools Law requires ISBE to perform "ongoing monitoring" of both charter schools and authorizers to ensure a commitment to high-quality authorization practices and high-quality charter schools.
  • Adherence with the Charter Schools Law (Article 27A of the School Code) and conducts review of all applications to open new charter schools and all applications to renew the charter of an existing charter school.
  • Initiation of and advocacy for charter-related legislation
  • Technical assistance/constituent service
  • Administrative Support to the Illinois State Charter School Commission
  • Biennial Reporting on Charter Schools
  • FOIA's​​

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