For Immediate Release
October 17, 2011

Nine Illinois Charter School Developers awarded federal planning and development grants

Illinois Charters awarded a third of federal funds for proposed or current schools

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that nine Illinois charter schools developers were awarded $1.6 million in federal funds to be used toward planning, program design and initial implementation, as well as for sharing best practices. These new and proposed Illinois charter schools represent a third of the 26 national charters awarded $4.7 million in grants with eight Illinois charter developers receiving funds for planning, program design and initial implementation of new charter schools, and one charter school receiving a grant to partner with other charter and non-charter public schools to improve academic performance and to share its best practices.

“On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, I would like to congratulate these charter schools and developers for earning critical federal dollars and playing an important role in our state’s mission to ensure every student is prepared to succeed in college and careers,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “These grants can provide valuable resources for proposed and new charters to develop and implement high-quality charter school programs and for existing charters to spread best practices across Illinois so that parents and students have more options for a high-quality education.”

Charter developers applied to the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) which aims to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, initial implementation and dissemination of best practices.

More information about the Charter Schools Program is available from the Education Department's Office of Innovation and Improvement at

Following is a list of successful Illinois grantees and the first-year grant award amount for each charter:

Illinois Charter School Awardees

1st Year Amount Awarded

8 Points Charter School, Inc., Jacksonville School District 117


Academy for Global Citizenship Charter School, CPS District 299


Be The Change Charter School, CPS District 299


Legal Prep Charter Academies, CPS District 299


Northwestern University Settlement Association, CPS District 299


The Catalyst Schools, CPS District 299


The Montessori Network, CPS District 299


Urban Prep Academies, CPS District 299


Illinois Charter Dissemination Awardee

1st Year Amount Awarded

Perspectives Charter Schools, CPS District 299