020514 js 0068SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured passage today of legislation ensuring that when a student transfers from a charter school to a traditional public school — or vice versa — the funding needed to educate the child moves with the child.

“This commonsense measure supports the kind of school system that is best for our state’s young people: one in which students have access to adequate resources and services wherever they attend school,” Collins said. “Clarifying that a school cannot retain money to educate a student no longer in attendance will remove the perception that schools are making dismissal decisions based on finances."

Charter schools receive payments from their school districts on a quarterly basis. Collins’ legislation would require a charter that dismisses a student to pay back to the public school district a prorated portion of its last quarterly payment. That reimbursement would correspond to the portion of the payment period during which the student no longer attends the charter school. House Bill 4591 would also require the school district to make a prorated payment to a charter school whenever a student transfers from a traditional public school to the charter school during the academic year.

HB 4591 now goes to the governor to be signed into law.

From 6-9 p.m. this Friday, May 23, join the St. Sabina community for a family-friendly block party in the park as part of the citywide Summer of Faith in Action kickoff. Come to Renaissance Park (1230 W. 79th St.) for food, music, basketball, games and more.


051514CM0643Charter accountability and transparency measure passes Senate Ed. Committee

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) has succeeded in crafting legislation both charter schools and major teachers’ unions agree will create strong standards of accountability and transparency for charter schools’ use of public funds. The measure advanced to the Senate floor today with no opposition.

“Charter schools must be held to high standards of openness and even-handed dealing so that members of the public, especially parents, understand how their money is being spent,” Collins said. “Inaccessible procedures, ethically questionable activities and policies that limit families’ fair access to taxpayer-funded schools have no place in public education.”

Collins’ legislation, House Bill 3232, is the result of negotiations inspired by the UNO charter network scandal. Collins took on the delicate task of addressing concerns that some charter schools enjoy freedom from government regulations at the price of the accountability and transparency parents and taxpayers deserve.

HB 3232 would require each charter school to videotape its admissions lottery and allow a representative of the school district (or the State Board of Education, in cases in which the local school district did not approve the charter) to observe the lottery. If the charter school fails to run a fair lottery, the district or ISBE could take over the process. Charters would be prohibited from creating additional steps to admission, such as requiring student essays or student-parent compacts as conditions of enrollment. Collins’ legislation would also reduce the risk of cronyism in charter school administration, prohibiting a charter school from employing anyone who is also employed by a charter management association. Finally, the measure would require both charter and traditional public schools to disclose their use of public funds for advertisements.

“Innovation in education does not require secrecy,” Collins said. “I am pleased to stand with those in the charter school movement who understand and embrace their responsibility to the public.”

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