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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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Mike

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.
http://www.isbe.net/finance

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.