Advance Illinois applauds new, more equitable school funding formula

August 31, 2017: Advance Illinois applauds Illinois’ new, more equitable school funding formula that puts kids first and ends an era of the state having the most inequitable school funding system in the country. Read more

Statement on Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1

August 1, 2017: At a time of scarce resources, this broad amendatory veto hits low-income school districts the hardest, cutting funding from poor kids while diverting dollars from low-income districts to wealthier districts. Read more

Statement urging the Governor to sign SB1

July 7, 2017: The state can no longer afford to have the quality of a student’s education determined by zip code. SB1 is the only school funding formula that can give school districts immediate and much needed certainty.
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Passage of school funding reform is historic triumph

May 31, 2017: The General Assembly’s passage of SB1 tonight is a historic triumph for students and ends an era of Illinois having the most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Read more

School funding rally takes place at Capitol

May 20, 2017: Nearly 1,000 teachers, students, parents and community members rallied on the steps of the Capitol on May 17 to show support for a fair and adequate school funding formula to benefit ALL children across our state. Read more

Understanding the new funding formula under SB1

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SB1 recognizes that all students can succeed, but each student has different needs. SB1 takes into account local ability to pay and closes funding gaps. And all districts win.

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Urban Institute report shows Illinois’ school funding system is most regressive in the nation

Yet another study shows that Illinois is one of the few states whose funding has remained regressive since 1995.

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60 by 25 Network

The Illinois 60 by 2025 Network is a network of communities in Illinois that are committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. This network is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom.

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Legislator Forum showcases equity in education

Advance Illinois’ Legislator Forum brought together 36 organizations and nearly two dozen legislators March 14 in Springfield for a conversation about equity in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Explore our new data visualization tools

Our interactive maps highlight demographic differences, resource disparities and postsecondary attainment gaps throughout the state. The data show how inequitable our education system really is.

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KIDS and kindergarten transition

Illinois is taking significant steps to reinvest in early childhood education.

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Series of town halls to discuss SB1, school funding crisis

June 23, 2017: Superintendents and education advocates are coming together for town hall meetings next week to discuss the solution to the state’s worst-in-the-nation school funding formula.

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Blog: Funding leaves Beardstown lost in translation

March 29, 2017: A rural community has seen an influx of African and Hispanic students, yet it struggles to provide supports due to limited funding.

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