Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice representative John Laesch asked the Geneva School District 304 Board of Education on Monday to support House Bill 3754, which would put the decision-making for charter schools back into the hands of the Illinois State Board of Education.
Laesch or other speakers are expected to address the Batavia School District 101 Board of Education at a later meeting. Batavia schools rejected the Virtual Learning Solutions plan last spring.
In May, Chapa LaVia sponsored a successful bill that established a moratorium on all new charter schools until April 1, 2014.
"We know that the moratorium is coming to an end," Laesch said Monday. "What we’re advocating is to get rid of the ISCSC."
In 2013, 18 area school districts approached by Virtual Learning Solutions denied organizer's application to start virtual charter schools. Geneva School District 304 voted against the charter in early April.
Under the present system, the Charter Commission can override a local school board's rejection of a charter school. The concerns expressed by school board members last year were that such schools would take away dollars from public education.
Funding for the charter school would come by transferring the per-pupil expenditure tuition from the public school. At that time, Geneva officials estimated that the total dollars lost to the district would be in the range of $10,000 to $12,000 per pupil.
Laesch said Monday he or other representatives would be talking to school boards from all 18 districts that had been targeted as part of the VLS Fox River Valley group.
A public discussion of charter schools will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.
Fox Valley Schools Approached by VLS
- School District U-46
- Indian Prairie School District 204
- Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202
- Community Unit School District 300
- Valley View Community Unit School District 365U
- Naperville Community Unit School District 203
- Oswego Community Unit School District 308
- East Aurora School District 131
- St. Charles Community Unit School District 303
- Community Unit School District 200
- West Aurora School District 129
- Batavia Public School District 101
- Geneva Community Unit School District 304
- DeKalb Community Unit School District 428
- Yorkville Community Unit School District 115
- Kaneland Community Unit School District 302
- Sycamore Community Unit School District 427
- Central Community Unit School District 301
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