Daily Herald: Virtual Charter Schools

May 12, 2013 7:20:24 AM PDT
Eighteen suburban school boards -- mostly of districts in the Fox Valley and stretching from Algonquin to Naperville -- emphatically said "no" to allowing a virtual charter school to form within their borders.

The local districts would have to fund the online charter school, the cost depending on how many students choose to attend and the individual district's per-student spending. The combined vote was more than 100 to 0, with one abstension.

Suburban school officials said backers of the nonprofit charter school came to local school board meetings ill-prepared and unable to answer questions. But the proposal is far from dead. In fact, local school officials say they fear the local presentations were just a charade, that the politically connected charter school group is really gunning for approval from a newly formed state agency later this month.

You can read the full story in the Daily Herald's edition from Sunday, May 12, 2013, or online at www.dailyherald.com.


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