Equity Dashboard demonstrates of impact of new funding formula

We are thrilled to share with you our Equity Dashboard, a new data tool that shows Illinois’ progress toward equitable and adequate funding for all school districts. The Equity Dashboard, the latest release since we launched our Data Desk last year, takes our data visualizations to a new level, analyzing and using the new funding […]

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National leaders, Illinois communities join education event to discuss opportunities for school improvement

SPRINGFIELD (April 6, 2018) — More than 150 attendees are expected for the Seventh Annual Legislator Forum: School Improvement from the Ground Up at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the State House Inn in Springfield. The Legislator Forum will feature how Illinois communities are collaborating with their district and schools to raise achievement for all students and spur college and career readiness and […]

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National report shows inequity in Illinois’ education funding system deeper than previously known: Report updates widely circulated data on educational inequity

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2018) – A new report shows that Illinois’ education funding system provides 78 cents to a low-income student for every dollar spent on a non-low-income student and remains the most regressive system in the nation. Funding Gaps 2018, released today by The Education Trust, is an update to a report that was […]

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Downstate superintendents join teacher coalition

“We have done a pretty good job at demonizing teacher positions in this state,” said Chuck Lane, Superintendent of Centralia High School. Read what recommendations Lane offers to change the teacher shortage crisis affecting Illinois. Read more.    

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Education organizations announce new coalition, Teachers for Illinois’ Future, to address teacher shortage and elevate the teaching profession

SPRINGFIELD (Feb. 12, 2018) – A diverse coalition of teachers, K-12 administrators, higher education institutions, and advocacy organizations have come together to call on leaders to address the state’s urgent need to increase the number of teachers and to elevate the teaching profession in 2018 and beyond. The coalition, Teachers for Illinois’ Future: Investing in teachers for all […]

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Deputy Director Ben Boer discusses Illinois School Report Card on The 21st

Our Deputy Director Ben Boer joined “The 21st” for an interview on the Illinois School Report Card that aired on public radio stations across the state on Nov. 3. The report card provides relevant data to families and educators for every school in the state. Listen to audio from the interview, and click here to read […]

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Making the most of 2017 Illinois Report Card data

By Melissa Figueira Policy Associate Several years ago, Advance Illinois helped spearhead an effort to revamp the way the Illinois Report Card displayed data about the state’s 2 million public school students. In 2013, the report cards got a much-needed makeover. Now, they are among the highest quality reports of their kind in the entire […]

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