This goal of this Comment is to highlight the areas in which Illinois can improve its charter school law in hopes of becoming the best ranked law in the nation. To get there, one must understand the operation and usage of charter schools in addition to the evolution of the charter school movement. It is also vital to recognize the three basic principles of charter schools to truly appreciate the NAPCS’s model charter school law. After having a general comprehension of the background, this Comment seeks to compare Illinois’s charter school law with that of Indiana (the best ranked state) and Maryland (the worst ranked state) in light of two main categories in which these school struggle: preserving their autonomy and accessing public funding. At that point, it will be clear that Illinois needs to revise its State Charter School Commission (the “SCSC”) to reflect the Indiana Charter School Board (the “ICSB”) and implement statutory designations for facility funding.
Alexandra M. Verven, Charter School Laws in the United States: The Good, the Bad, and Illinois, 50 J. Marshall L. Rev. 965 (2017)