Issues: Charter Schools
Position Update Study Materials
At the 2013 LWVIL State Convention in Bloomington, Illinois, delegates approved a study to update its position on charter schools during the 2013-2015 biennium. LWVIL’s current position on charter schools dates to 2001.
Local Leagues are now engaging in research on the topic as well as determining the steps to take to reach consensus on the study. ALL MATERIALS RELEVANT TO THE STUDY CAN BE FOUND BELOW. These materials will be updated regularly, so please check back to make sure you have the latest information.
Position in Brief
The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes that:
While we feel that advantages of charters largely outweigh the disadvantages, we have identified the following areas of concern:
LWVIL has also identified areas of opportunity resulting from charter schools:
Why did the League of Women Voters of Illinois approve updating the Charter Schools Position during the 2013-2015 biennium?
Since the original position was adopted in 2001, there have been many new developments that are not addressed:
For information about the League's position on schools, please see the Schools issue page.
A number of bills passed both chambers during the spring legislative session and are awaiting Governor Quinn’s signature. The legislation passed requires charter schools to:
In addition, the moratorium on virtual charter schools was extended until 2016.
The charter schools position update committee has been hard at work researching, creating, and debating questions addressing a variety of issues regarding charter schools--ranging from Authorization to Zero tolerance discipline, with consideration for policies which might apply to all public schools, including charters. The anticipated timeline is as follows: