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PRESS RELEASE: CICS Challenges Basil Campus’ Inclusion on CPS “Watchlist”

February 27, 2013

CICS Basil Moved from Level 3 to Level 2 Status in 2012, Performance Improvement Plan On Track; CICS Challenges CPS inclusion of Basil campus on list. read more …

Distinctive Schools' "Family Matters" Newsletter

February 26, 2013

CICS Bucktown, Irving Park, Patriots, Prairie and West Belden are all part of the Distinctive Schools family. Please take a moment to read a few recent updates in their monthly newsletter! read more …

MEDILL REPORTS: Stark funding inequity exists between charter schools and other public schools

February 15, 2013

Feb. 14, 2013 - Charter school students in Chicago receive $3,000 less in funding than their traditional public school counterparts. HB 980, a bill recently introduced by Rep. Daniel Burke will help to close that funding gap. read more …

POLICY UPDATES: State Funding, Charter Moratorium, and ISAC Newsletter

February 14, 2013

Feb 14, 2013 - CICS stands against impending reductions to General State Aid funding; We are opposed to the charter school moratorium being considered by the CIty Council; and we support the work being done by ISAC, the Illinois State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds of Urban Male Youth to Gather at CICS Larry Hawkins for Inspiring Mentoring Event

February 08, 2013

CICS Larry Hawkins is hosting a Brothers Breaking Bread Breakfast this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9-11 AM. CICS Larry Hawkins is located at 801 E 133rd Place, Chicago, in the heart of Altgeld Gardens. Young men from Carver, DuBois, Aldridge and CICS Lloyd Bond elementary schools will also be in attendance. Chicago native and two-time NFL Super Bowl champion Howard Griffith, who now provides commentary and analysis on ESPN Radio and the Big Ten Network and coaches area football teams, will appear as the guest speaker. Griffith will engage with these young men from varying backgrounds to share inspiring lessons of self-determination. read more …

CHICAGO SUN TIMES: HB 980, Equitable Funding Bill for Charter Schools, Announced at Charter Rally

February 02, 2013

CICS, with highest turnout attendance at the rally, joined fellow advocates in cheers of support for the newly filed equitable funding bill. One parent shared, “Join me in making sure every public school student gets the same funding to receive a high quality public education.” read more …

Rockford Register Star: CICS Rockford Patriots Anticipates New Facilities for Growth

January 22, 2013

Read the Rockford Register Star's report on CICS Patriots' bright prospects for a new building as the campus grows to serve upper grades. read more …

Fall 2012 PROGRESS REPORT from Beth Purvis

January 07, 2013

With the 2012-2013 school year in full swing, we invite you to read about recent happenings across our 16-campus network. read more …

CICS Prairie featured in "Day in the Life" videos

December 17, 2012

Ever wondered what it's like to be a school principal? Want to hear from CICS parents about how they appreciate the culture of accountability at their campus? Watch these two uplifting videos. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Washington Park to host peace vigil, hundreds expected to gather

November 29, 2012

After a particularly violent summer on Chicago's South Side, and with regularly occurring violence in their own backyard, the residents of Washington Park are ready for a change. They will call for a stop to violence at a peace vigil at the S. Indiana Avenue entrance to the Christ Unity Church on E. 61st and S. Indiana this Friday, November 30, from 3-4 p.m. read more …

WINTER 2012-2013 PROGRESS REPORT from Beth Purvis

October 19, 2012

Happy 2013 from CICS! This progress report celebrates recent accolades from Oppenheimer Family Foundation & Mayor Emanuel, highlights CICS High School Graduates' rising College Enrollment Rates, links to the NEW Issue of FocalPoint Magazine, Ready to View Online, and showcases three new CICS campus directors read more …

PR NEWSWIRE: Parent Voice for School Choice Rally to draw thousands of parents, community members

September 28, 2012

52,000 charter school parents made the decision to choose a charter school – thousands of their representatives will kick off an equitable funding campaign with the October 2nd rally at UIC Forum. read more …

New York Times: CICS Bucktown and other charters open during strike; Parents delighted

September 19, 2012

Despite the teachers’ strike, classes were in session on Wednesday at CICS Bucktown and the other charter schools in Chicago. CICS Bucktown parents weigh in on their choice to send a child to a high-performing charter school. read more …

NBC NEWS: Beth Purvis Announces Charter Schools Open despite CTU Strike

September 11, 2012

As the world was watching CPS and CTU negotiations, CICS and other charters came together to make one thing very clear: charter schools are open for business. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: “Unforgettable Game” at Soldier Field to Rally South Side Charter School Community

August 23, 2012

To truly kick off the school year, one South Side charter school will celebrate its proud 15-year tradition by playing its season opener football game at Soldier Field, in the Preseason Prep Bowl. read more …

CBS Sports: CICS Longwood Youth Soars with Softball

July 23, 2012

Armani Procter worked hard as a student and softball player at CICS Longwood. Read how she earned an impressive scholarship to Dominican University to play her dream sport and defy the odds. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Irving Park Ranks Number One

July 18, 2012

For 2nd Consecutive Year, CICS Irving Park Receives Top ISAT Score of City’s 56 Charters read more …

Feature NBC News Coverage: Kids stay healthy & active thanks to CICS tennis camp

July 09, 2012

NBC's Michelle Releford showcases students and families enjoying CICS's safe and healthy summer program, the South Side Junior Tennis Camp. read more …

2011-2012 Progress Report from Beth Purvis

June 19, 2012

Beth shared a CICS Progress Report to reflect on 2011-2012's network-wide and campus outcomes. read more …

Chicago Sun-Times feature: CICS Longwood's Entrepreneur Stevie Bailey

June 18, 2012

Congratulations to Stevie Bailey, CICS Longwood graduate and winner of this year's citywide Future Founders technology entrepreneurship competition. read more …

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