The District 300 School Board will hear tonight from a company that specializes in virtual learning schools on a proposal to offer online charter school services to underserved students in 18 area school districts, including District 300, according to the Northwest Herald.
Illinois Virtual Learning Solutions is proposing the charter school and is an offshoot of K12 Inc., which is based in Virginia and manages online learning schools in 27 states, according to the Northwest Herald.
The company has drawn criticism for its for-profit status while seeing low student achievement and high turnover rates of its teachers, according to the New York Times.
During a public hearing in Elgin's U-46 Monday, Elgin Teachers Association, Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, and League of Women Voters of Illinois—as well as district residents and teachers—urged the U-46 school board to reject the proposal, according to the Daily Herald. U-46 will vote on the proposal in April.
Virtual Learning Schools plans to go to take its proposal to the Illinois Charter School Commission if any of the 18 schools districts vote down the online charter school, according to the Northwest Herald.