CHICAGO
INTERNATIONAL

ADVOCACY

What's Happening?

Chicago International Charter School works hard to ensure that a family's, parent's, or student's right to choose a high quality public education is protected. Chicago International Charter School, along with 145 other public charter schools, is under attack in Springfield. Please join us in fighting back!  Let’s work together to ensure a great education and future for the 60,000 public charter school students in Illinois. Let’s stop special interest groups and the legislators who support them from eliminating high performing public schools. 

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To join the conversation, we encourage you to join our email list and "Follow" CICS on Twitter and "Like" us on Facebook.

Charter Parents United

Support Equitable Funding

Our voices are heard when we find opportunities to publically promote charter schools. Click here to learn more ways to support the pro charter school movement.

CICS is energized by the fact that so many of our parents have joined charter families from across the city to form Charter Parents United, a group of parent advocates who want their children to continue to have the option of a high-quality, college preparatory charter public school education.

Charter Parents United (CPU) are parents of students in Chicago Public Schools who chose charter schools because we felt they are the best option for our children. All of us have seen the positive difference charter schools have made in our children’s education and we believe that charter school families deserve equality in funding and a voice in the future of our children’s education.

For more information about Charter Parents United, and to sign the petition, please click here.

    
   

Find and Contact your Legislators

Key Conversation Points with Policy Makers

  • Supporters: Speak about your involvement with CICS or a CICS campus. What do you like about working with our schools? If you are a program provider or vendor, how many jobs have you created in Chicago communities thanks to your partnership with CICS? How is the educational environment at a CICS campus different?
  • Teachers:  Share stories of how your school culture helps make you a better teacher, and how the flexibility of charter schools empowers you to take creative approaches to making a difference in your students' lives. How has the longer school year influenced your curriculum? Why is autonomy in the classroom so important? Use examples from the classroom to the athletic field. 
  • Staff: How would extra funding make a difference at your school? Be specific - could you hire a teacher's aide to help improve differentiated instruction? Update your learning resources? Offer a more competitive salary to retain your best and brightest educators? Can you describe the communities (both within and outside of your school's walls) that your school serves?

  • Parents: Talk about your school and how it has made a difference in your child's life. Use examples to illustrate this - e.g. does your student have special learning needs that are met exceptionally well by your school's teachers? Are you willing to drive two hours a day to make sure your child has access to the high-quality education that only your school can provide? What are the positive changes you have seen in your child since he/she started at a CICS campus? Does your child participate in extra-curricular activities? Why did you choose a charter school over a neighborhood school? How has your school reached out to you? How is your school preparing your child for college?

CICS Campus Representatives Senators
Avalon

Marcus Evans

Email 
District: (773) 783-8492
Springfield: (217) 782-8272

Donne E. Trotter

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District: (773) 933-7715
Springfield: (217) 782-3201

Basil

Esther Golar

Email Facebook 
District: (773) 925-6580
Springfield: (217) 782-5971

Mattie Hunter

Email Facebook Twitter
District: (312) 949-1908
Springfield: (217) 782-5966

Bucktown

Ann Williams

Email Facebook Twitter
District: (773) 880-9082
Springfield: (217) 782-2458

John J. Cullerton

Email Twitter
District: (773) 883-0770
Springfield: (217) 782-2728

ChicagoQuest

Art Turner

Email Facebook Twitter
District: (773) 277-4700
Springfield: (217) 782-8116

Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

Email
District: (312) 888-9191
Springfield: (217) 782-6252

Irving Park

Deb Mell

Email Facebook Twitter
District: (773) 267-2880
Springfield: (217) 782-8117

Iris Y. Martinez

Email Facebook
District: (773) 463-0720
Springfield: (217) 782-8191

Larry Hawkins

Thaddeus Jones

Email Facebook Twitter
District: (708) 933-6018
Springfield: (217) 782-8087

Napoleon Harris

Email (Coming Soon) Twitter 
District: 708-232-8780
Springfield: (217)782-2066

Lloyd Bond

Thaddeus Jones

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District: (708) 933-6018
Springfield: (217) 782-8087

Napoleon Harris

Email (Coming Soon) Twitter 
District: 708-232-8780
Springfield: (217)782-2066

Longwood

Monique D. Davis

Email
District: (773) 445-9700
Springfield: (217) 782-0010

Emil Jones III

Email Facebook 
District: (773) 995-7748
Springfield: (217) 782-9573

Loomis Primary 

Monique D. Davis

Email
District: (773) 445-9700
Springfield: (217) 782-0010

Emil Jones III

Email Facebook 
District: (773) 995-7748
Springfield: (217) 782-9573

Northtown

John D'Amico

Email 
District: (773) 736-0218
Springfield: (217) 782-8198

Ira Silverstein

Email 
District: (773) 743-5015
Springfield: (217) 782-5500

Prairie

Thaddeus Jones

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District: (708) 933-6018
Springfield: (217) 782-8087

Donne E. Trotter

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District: (773) 933-7715
Springfield: (217) 782-3201

Ralph Ellison

Mary Flowers

Email
District: (773) 471-5200
Springfield: (773) 637-2000

Jacqueline Y. Collins

Email 
District: (773) 224-2830
Springfield: (217) 782-1607

Washington Park

Kenneth Dunkin

Email 
District: (312) 266-0340
Springfield: (217) 782-4535

Mattie Hunter

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District: (312) 949-1908
Springfield: (217) 782-5966

West Belden

Luis Arroyo

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District: (773) 637-2000
Springfield: (217) 782-0480

William Delgado

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District: (773) 292-0202
Springfield: (217) 782-5652

Wrightwood

Mary E. Flowers

Email
District: (773) 471-5200
Springfield: (773) 637-2000

Jacqueline Y. Collins

Email 
District: (773) 224-2830
Springfield: (217) 782-1607

Jackson, Rockford IL

Charles E. "Chuck" Jefferson

Email 
District: (217) 782-3167
Springfield: (217) 782-3167

Steve Stadelman

Email
District: (815) 987-7557
Springfield: (217) 782-8022