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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Advance Illinois receives Game Changer of the Year award at industry summit

Thanks to our partners! #piesummit17 @IllinoisStand #e4echi @IllinoisASA @iasbo @ctbaonline @FundILFuture @TeachPlusChi #sb1_947 pic.twitter.com/8bVKQgXOXn — Advance Illinois (@advanceillinois) October 27, 2017 Advance Illinois received industry recognition last night for its five-year campaign toward school funding reform. The Policy Innovators in Education Network, which includes 77 organizations in 34 states, named Advance Illinois its Game Changer […]

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Illinois enacts historic school funding reform

Illinois is on the verge of having a new school funding formula, thanks to the Senate’s passage of a compromise bill yesterday. SB1947 garnered a bipartisan supermajority of 38 votes in the Senate, and the bill will now be sent to Gov. Rauner, who has said he will sign it. The bill fixes the nation’s […]

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Urban Institute report shows Illinois’ school funding system is most regressive in the nation, has remained regressive since 1995

Yet another study shows that Illinois spends more money to educate wealthier students than it does to educate low-income students and that its school funding system is the most regressive in the nation. Urban Institute, one of the country’s leading research institutions, reports Illinois is one of the few states whose funding has remained regressive since 1995. […]

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Crain’s guest column: Fix the school funding formula and open schools this fall

July 11, 2017 — Advance Illinois Co-Chairs John Edwardson and Marin Gjaja wrote a guest column for Crain’s Chicago Business advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1 and end the uncertainty facing school districts. Here’s the full column: Last week, the General Assembly took the first step toward ending the financial uncertainty Illinois […]

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