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Virtual Learning Solutions files final appeals

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The nonprofit behind a controversial proposed virtual charter school filed its final appeals in the past week to a state commission after 18 school districts in the Fox Valley rejected the proposal.

Virtual Learning Solutions filed 18 individual appeals at three separate times starting May 8, with the final set of appeals arriving at the Illinois Charter School Commission on Tuesday, said Jeanne Nowaczewski, the commission’s executive director.

The move sets in motion discussions for the commission on how to conduct hearings and ultimately decide the unique, multidistrict virtual charter proposal spans 18 districts throughout the Fox Valley, which includes Kaneland School District 302, St. Charles School District 303, Geneva School District 304 and Batavia School District 101.

Last month, all 18 school boards included in the potential school rejected the nonprofit’s proposal, arguing that the group was unprepared and didn’t address questions on costs and curriculum concerning the online-only charter.

The districts vowed to challenge Virtual Learning Solutions’ appeal to the state commission, which now has 75 days to review the appeals before conducting formal hearings on the proposed Illinois Charter School at the Fox River Valley.

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