Wheeler Advances School Choice Legislation

This week, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) advanced legislation to the House floor to improve the availability of school choice options for Illinois parents. House Bill 3257 removes limitations on the number of charter schools allowed in Illinois.

“Every child’s first teachers are their parents, which is why it is so important for parents to have a say in where their child is educated,” said Wheeler. “Many parents have this opportunity by choosing to live in a community with excellent public schools, like ours, but not every parent has this option. House Bill 3257 addresses this by giving more parents the opportunity to send their child to a great school by removing the limits on charter schools in Illinois.”

Recent research on charter schools in Chicago has shown that graduates of charter schools are twelve percent more likely to enroll in college compared to CPS run schools. And unlike CPS’ selective enrollment schools, charter schools accept all students regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnicity.

As a former teacher, Wheeler said she is a strong supporter of public education. However, she noted that the success of charter schools and the opportunity they provide for families without access to high quality public schools makes removing the cap on the number of charters allowed in Illinois the right move to provide a quality education to all children in the state.

House Bill 3257 was passed through committee by unanimous vote and is now awaiting consideration by the full House. To learn more, Click Here.

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