Some lawmakers looking to do away with Il Charter School Commission

Mar 31, 2014

Some members of the state legislature are already trying to do away the Illinois State Charter School Commission which was established less than three years ago.

It's essentially an appeals board that can approve charter schools if local districts don't.  The commission has only used that power a couple of times.

Representative Monique Davis, a Democrat from Chicago, says the state's board of education should have the authority to oversee all charter schools.

"We accidentally, mistakenly established a board with equal authority to our state board of education and we realize it's an error."

Those who oppose the measure say it's aimed at killing charter schools entirely. A host of measures dealing with charters is expected this year, as negotiations had been off the table in years past.