Illinois district files lawsuit against charter and state

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Woodland Community Consolidated School District 50 in Gurnee filed a lawsuit against Prairie Crossing Charter School and two state agencies Tuesday, alleging that millions in state aid that should have been spent on instruction for low-income and at-risk students have been “siphoned away” to pay for a small number of charter school students, officials announced.

The district has asked a Cook County court to reverse a five-year reauthorization of Prairie Crossing Charter School approved in April by the Illinois State Charter School Commission, which is named in the lawsuit. The district also named as a defendant the Illinois State Board of Education, which authorized the charter school’s creation in 1999.

“We do not oppose the Illinois State Charter School Commission, nor do we oppose charter schools,” said Mark Vondracek, president of the Woodland school board, who was due to read a prepared statement before a formal announcement during the board’s regular meeting.

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