New law doubles the number of charter schools that will be allowed in Illinois

Aug. 3, 2009
Governor says change will make the state more competitive in seeking federal stimulus funds

From The Chicago Tribune: A new law doubles the number of charter schools allowed in Illinois and will give the state an edge in the competition for $5 billion of federal money meant to encourage school reform, Gov. Pat Quinn said says. Chicago will be allowed 45 new charter schools, five of which will be reserved for schools enrolling high school dropouts. Fifteen additional charters will be allotted for the rest of the state. Prior to the new law, the state had capped charter statewide school operations at 60: 30 in Chicago, 15 in the suburbs and 15 for the rest of the state.

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