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Rep. Chris Welch said his proposal puts the charter school decision where it belongs, in the hands of locally-elected officials.

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Emmanuel Chris Welch was the head of the Proviso School Board which was accused of awarding no bid contracts and to which the Illinois State Board of Education has assigned a Financial Oversight Panel, which puts them in the bottom 1% of school districts.

The vast majority of locally elected school boards see charter schools as a threat to their empire, diverting money from the school district they were elected to oversee, and do everything in their power to fight charter schools.