There is a Charter School Commission in Illinois made up of mostly charter schools proponents (surprise!) that authorizes the establishment of charter schools. There is a bill to put limits on the growth of charter schools moving through the General Assembly that has passed the House and is now in the Senate.
A charter school that is authorized by the Commission, rather than by the locally elected school board, is not held to any accountability by the community in which it resides. However, the local district is accountable to paying 100% of the tuition cost to the charter school.
This bill would give the power of authorization back to the local school boards. You can voice your support of this bill by submitting a witness slip to the General Assembly. Click here to submit a witness slip.