Resources & Research

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Charter Schools: Guidance Needed for Military Base Schools on Startup and Operational Issues

This February 2013 Government Accountability Office report reviews the operation of charter schools on military bases, including start-up, use of federal grants, preferences for admission, facilities, and base security and access for civilian members of the school community. The report, which profiles the eight charter schools in seven states that were identified as being on bases, includes recommendations for oversight and standards development for such charter schools.

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Article About Opening Day for New Charter School in a Former Naval Station Great Lakes Training Facility

This September 4, 2012, article from the Lake County News-Sun focuses on the opening day for a new charter school located in a former Naval Station Great Lakes training facility. The planned 500-student, K-8 school serving North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 is operated by the LEARN Charter School Network and has an initial enrollment of 250 students, about 40 percent from military families, according to the article.

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Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent's Order Approving Charter School Proposed for Navy Base Site

This March 15, 2012 order by Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Christopher Koch approves a charter school proposed by LEARN Charter School Network of Chicago for a site on Naval Station Great Lakes, overturning North Chicago Community Unit School District 187's rejection of the proposal. The order explains the state's action, and provides background about the circumstances in the school district and the anticipated impact of a charter school.

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Article About North Chicago School District 187 Request for Charter School Proposals, Potential Use of Naval Station Great Lakes Facility

This October 17, 2011 article from the Lake County News-Sun provides information about North Chicago School District 187’s request for proposals to start a charter school and notes negotiations to locate the school in a facility at the Naval Station Great Lakes military base. The school district has posted its request for proposals on its website.