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PRESS RELEASE: CICS and EdisonLearning Partnership Ending

April 17, 2012

The 12-year partnership between EdisonLearning and CICS will end in June 2012. New school management partner(s) will assume day-to-day operation of five CICS campuses; school officials working with campus communities to ease the transition. read more …

Parents and Families - take the "My Voice, My School" Survey

April 16, 2012

University of Chicago's Urban Education institute has created a special survey for parents and families of charter school students to take. Please take 5 minutes and help your school improve! read more …

Chicago and Illinois charter community to rally for equal funding

April 13, 2012

On Tuesday, April 17, the charter community will come together for "Have Your Say Day" in Springfield. Many will be advocating for HB 5225, calling for equal funding for all public charter schools in Illinois. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Welcomes Chief Development Officer, Board Member

April 03, 2012

CICS proudly announces the addition of Alberta Johnson, board member, and Maggie Morrison, Chief Development Officer read more …

Progress Report: Spring 2012

April 03, 2012

CICS's quarterly newsletter reflects upon student achievements, from debate team successes at CICS Ralph Ellison to our networkwide 8th graders' impressively high acceptance rates to selective enrollment schools. read more …

PRESS RELEASE:CICS Ralph Ellison to Host Inaugural Charter High School Debate Invitational

March 19, 2012

Auburn Gresham charter school’s winning debate team to go up against fellow charter school students in special tournament read more …

CICS ChicagoQuest teachers and leaders to speak at "Beyond These TImes" innovation events

February 20, 2012

On February 27 and March 26, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Golden Apple Foundation have partnered to host two panel events that will focus on the future of education. CICS ChicagoQuest teachers will speak alongside Dr. Kieran Egan and Dr. James Paul Gee. read more …

CICS Irving Park named highest-performing charter school in Chicago

February 01, 2012

CICS Irving Park had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards among all charter schools in the City of Chicago. CICS Irving Park outscored 93% of Chicago schools on Composite ISAT performance, including every other charter school. read more …

Community organizer makes New Schools EXPO a reality

January 30, 2012

Chicago community organizer Adrienne Leonard is the force behind the New Schools EXPO, and a true advocate for young people and their education needs read more …

Happy Holidays Newsletter from Dr. Elizabeth D. Purvis

December 30, 2011

Beth Purvis, as she is more widely known in the education reform community, sent out a Happy Holidays newsletter that reflected on 2011's network and campus successes. read more …

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits CICS Washington Park to support a longer school day

October 28, 2011

All CICS campuses already have a longer school day and year than traditional CPS schools, but we stand in solidarity with all Chicago Public Schools who are pushing for an extended day. See the press coverage of the big day here. read more …

Public Charter Schools Now Enrolling At Least 30 Percent of Students in a Record Six School Districts Nationwide

October 20, 2011

A record number of school districts—six—have at least 30 percent of their public school students enrolled in public charter schools, according to an annual report released Monday read more …

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett support CICS ChicagoQuest's Grand Opening

September 30, 2011

The CICS ChicagoQuest community is humbled and moved by Alderman Walter Burnett committing to join us at the Grand Opening Celebration, and by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's thoughtful letter supporting the school's opening. read more …

4,000+ community members turn out for charter rally

September 28, 2011

530 CICS parents, students, teachers and staff made it out on Saturday to a citywide charter school rally and let their voices be heard. read more …

Chicago Sun-Times features CICS ChicagoQuest

September 06, 2011

CICS ChicagoQuest opens today, September 6, with 6th and 7th grades. Read on to find out the new and different ways students will be learning. read more …

CICS's 16th campus to open on September 6

September 02, 2011

The day many students, families, and teachers have been waiting for is right around the corner. CICS ChicagoQuest opens its doors this Tuesday! read more …

Ask Mayor Emanuel and CEO JC Brizard a Question

August 23, 2011

Hold Mr. Brizard to his word about equal funding for all CPS students. Click the link to ask your question. Questions will be broadcasted on August 24th. read more …

CICS High School Students on the Fast Track

August 17, 2011

Five CICS students admitted to Piedmont Realty summer internship program, emerge better prepared for college and career read more …

CICS co-signs letter to Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of Chicago Public Schools

August 10, 2011

This letter from the Chicago charter school community calls for Mr. Brizard to make charter school per-pupil funding equitable. read more …

CICS's reaction to The Reader's article about charters and transparency

August 10, 2011

In a recent issue of The Reader, charters and specifically CICS were accused of being unresponsive to FOIA requests. CICS's letter to the editor proves otherwise. read more …

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