Amandla Charter School

Amandla Charter School Participates In March On The Captial

April 28, 2011

Annual Lobby Day event brings hundreds of charter supporters face-to-face with their legislators

On March 30th, 2011, Amandla Charter School joined the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) and a group of more than 600 students, teachers, school leaders, and education reformers to lobby at the Capital Building in Springfield, Illinois to advocate on behalf of the state’s public charter schools. The annual Lobby Day activities will focus on support for Senate Bill 79, which will improve charter school quality in Illinois and establish an alternative charter school authorizer.

“Lobby Day is a chance for supporters of public charter schools across the state to meet with their legislators to explain the impact public charter schools have made in their families and communities,” said Andrew Broy, President of INCS. “Our charter community takes school quality very seriously and we are working to ensure that as we expand the Illinois charter school sector we also ensure that school authorization focuses directly on quality schools.  This movement is about creating great public schools of choice and that is the message we carry to Springfield."

Parents, students, community members, teachers, and administrators from many of the state’s 116 current charter school campuses boarded buses from Chicago for the trip to Springfield to meet with their elected representatives.  Amandla Parent Denise Poore was among those who participated in the day. “As a parent, I wanted our legislators to know how important my child’s education is to his future”, Ms. Poore stated. She added “Public charter schools like Amandla provide the curriculum, structure and focus children need to be successful in school, college and beyond.”

During her time in Springfield, Ms. Poore and Barb Tieder, Director of Development and Communications for Amandla visited with our legislators to encourage their support of Senate Bill 79 and to support equal funding for public charter schools. As a result of those meetings, plans are being made for State Representative Andre Thapedi to visit Amandla and address the students.

Amandla Charter School is a free, open enrollment, college preparatory public charter school proudly serving Chicago students in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's Southside. Amandla is currently in its third year of operation, serving students in the 5th, 6th and 7th grades. Amandla will continue to expand until we are serving students from 5th grade through the end of high school. Amandla Charter School supports all students within a structured, disciplined, and engaging school environment, and provides a quality college preparatory public education to our students. For more information regarding Amandla Charter School, contact Barbara Tieder at 773-535-7150, extension 102.