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Appeals filed for Fox Valley virtual charter school

18 area districts rejected proposal

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – The nonprofit behind a controversial proposed virtual charter school filed its final appeals in the past week to a state commission, after 18 school districts in the Fox Valley rejected the proposal.

Virtual Learning Solutions filed 18 individual appeals at three separate times starting May 8, with the final set of appeals arriving at the Illinois Charter School Commission on Tuesday, said Jeanne Nowaczewski, the commission’s executive director.

The move sets in motion discussions for the commission on how to conduct hearings and ultimately decide the unique, multidistrict virtual charter proposal that spans an unprecedented 18 districts throughout the Fox Valley, which includes Carpentersville-based District 300.

Last month, the District 300 board and 17 others all rejected the nonprofit’s proposal, arguing that the group was unprepared and didn’t address questions on costs and curriculum concerning the online only charter.

The districts vowed to challenge Virtual Learning Solutions’ appeal to the state commission, which now has 75 days to review the appeals before conducting formal hearings on the proposed Illinois Charter School at the Fox River Valley.

Commissioners began discussions on how to conduct the appeals process Wednesday during a regular meeting in Chicago. The meeting happened while the Illinois Senate was preparing to vote on a bill that would suspend the creation of virtual charters, like the one in Fox Valley, for the next year.

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