Virtual Charter School Dropped

Those pushing for an online charter school for the area have dropped their efforts.

The not-for-profit Virtual Learning Solutions has withdrawn its appeal to the Illinois State Charter School Commission after state legislatures approved a one-year moratorium on the creation of new virtual charter schools.

Back in March, the group presented its proposal to create the Illinois charter school at Fox River Valley, which would serve kindergarteners through 12th graders in 18 different districts, including Naperville school districts 203 and 204.

But all the districts turned it down, concerned about the quality of the program, support for students, and funding.

Virtual learning solutions appealed their decisions to the state commission but shortly after in may, the governor signed a bill that would delay establishing virtual charter schools so the commission could take about a year to study them.

The commission plans to set up an advisory commission and has reserved about $10,000 to fund the study.

While the petitioners have taken back their proposal, they hope to participate in the study and will evaluate whether to bring back its virtual charter school proposal next year.

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