Virtual Charter School Update

At their latest meeting, District 203 school board members unanimously voted to turn down an online charter school.

The not-for-profit Virtual Learning Solutions has been partnering with the for-profit company K-12 to offer web-based alternative education to students in 18 different districts, including both Naperville Districts 203 and 204.

The program would be dubbed the “Illinois Virtual Charter School of the Fox River Valley.”

Representatives from K-12 presented their proposal to each board about a month ago but failed to answer follow-up questions since then.

“They didn’t have a credit plan,” said Board President Mike Jaensch. “They didn’t put together a credible or thoughtful application and so there’s no way in my mind they can serve our community and it would be a disaster.”

The Illinois Charter School Commission can still over-rule the board’s decision within 30 days of that decision, forcing the district to allow its students to enroll in the charter school.

District 204 also turned down the program.

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