Charter School Choice
Do state statutes allow for charter schools?
Are for-profit charters allowed?
"A charter school shall be a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, non-home based, and non-profit school. A charter school shall be organized and operated as a nonprofit corporation or other discrete, legal, nonprofit entity authorized under the laws of the State of Illinois."
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
Total number of charter schools shall not exceed 120. Not more than 70 may operate in a city with a population exceeding 500,000, with at least 5 devoted to students from low-performing or overcrowded schools. Not more than 45 charter schools shall operate in remainder of the State, with not more than 1 school initiated by board of education or by intergovernmental agreement between boards of education at any one time in a district.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
Local school board cannot require that a charter provides pupil transportation. However, charters must provide a description of how the charter school plans to meet the transportation needs of its pupils, and a plan for addressing the transportation needs of low-income and at-risk pupils.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
"Charter schools shall employ in instructional positions, as defined in the charter, individuals who are certificated under Article 21 of this Code or who possess the following qualifications:
(i) graduated with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
(ii) been employed for a period of at least 5 years in an area requiring application of the individual's education;
(iii) (blank); and
(iv) demonstrate continuing evidence of professional growth which shall include, but not be limited to, successful teaching experience, attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, additional credits earned at institutions of higher learning, travel specifically for educational purposes, and reading of professional books and periodicals."
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Virtual schools "are cyber schools where students engage in online curriculum and instruction via the Internet and electronic communication with their teachers at remote locations." Moratorium on virtual schools from April 1, 2013 to December 31, 2016, but did not apply to existing virtual-schooling components in district schools.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
Private School Choice
Do state statutes allow for voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Do state statutes allow for educational expense tax credits or deductions?
Illinois statute allows for an education expense credit: A taxpayer who is the parent/legal guardian of one or more qualifying pupils shall be allowed a tax credit for qualified education expenses (excess of $250 for tuition, book fees, and lab fees) incurred on behalf of the qualifying pupils.