- HB 3754 would eliminate the Illinois State Charter Commission, which was created to overturn decisions of locally-elected school boards that have rejected applications of charter schools. The Commission was assembled under the heavy influence of wealthy hedge fund managers and their front groups: Stand for Children and Advance Illinois. Click Here to read the bill. The companion bill in the Senate is SB 2627.
- HB 4237 would allow school districts to hold a referendum if the charter commission overturned the decision of a local school board. Click Here to read the bill.
- HB 4767 would require all schools to hire only state certified teachers; it would also require uncertified teachers to become certified by September of 2016. Currently, up to 25% of teachers in charter schools are uncertified and are paid less than their counterparts in neighborhood public schools. Many of these teachers are given a six-week course through Teach for America. This leaves them inadequately prepared for the challenges of the classroom. This practice also creates a high turnover among those teachers and a poor educational experience for the students. Click Here to read the bill.
Please call or email your State Representative and tell him or her to sign on as sponsors of HB 3754, HB 4237, and HB 4767. Ask your State Senator to sign onto SB 2627. Click on this link to find out who represents you and get his or her contact information.