Illinois lawmakers consider limit on booming charter schools

03/23/2007 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Just as Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to limit the growth of charter schools, the state board released new figures showing charter school enrollment has surged to nearly 20,000 students, and the schools can't keep up with demand: About 5,000 new students, one in three who applied, were accepted for the 2005-06 school year. The dramatic rise "is a sad commentary on our existing public schools," said State Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, who has introduced a bill to stop the proliferation of charter schools. "Instead of opening charter schools, we need to go in there and see what the hell is going on in our schools."

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