Illinois CEO: fix the school funding formula

Jan. 31, 2017: Fixing the state’s broken school funding formula is not only the right thing to do for kids, but the economic future of our state hinges on it. Check out what John Edwardson, former chairman and CEO of CDW and Board Chair of Advance Illinois, has to say about our worst-in-the-nation formula in […]

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Voices from the Field: Doing more with less in Sandoval

Sandoval CUSD 501 is a school district located about 100 miles south of Springfield in a region long known for its coal mining. Now Sandoval’s mostly known for being a few miles away from Patoka, where the famed Keystone XL pipeline ends after making its way south from Canada. While home to fewer than 500 […]

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Press Release: Biennial report shows state’s education system has made progress in some areas, lags behind in others

CHICAGO (NOV. 30, 2016) – Low-income Illinois students remain academically well behind their wealthier peers in K-12 schooling and are less likely to complete a postsecondary degree, according to a report released today by Advance Illinois, an independent, objective voice promoting a healthy education system that prepares all students for success in college and career. […]

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U46 Head Cautiously Optimistic After Rauner’s Budget Speech

Chicago Tribune – February 17, 2016: The head of Illinois’ second-largest school district said Wednesday that he was cautiously optimistic after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget speech called for a full funding of state aid to districts for the first time in seven years. But School District U46 CEO Tony Sanders said the speech was short […]

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Well-Respected Education Leader Ginger Ostro Will Take the Helm at Advance Illinois

December 1, 2015: Advance Illinois announced that, after a national search, respected education funding and policy expert Ginger Ostro will lead the bipartisan, non-profit education policy organization as it continues in its efforts to ensure that children across Illinois have the support they need to succeed. Ostro takes the helm of Advance Illinois as the […]

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Statement from Robin Steans, Executive Director of Advance Illinois, on the Performance of Illinois and Chicago on the Nation’s Report Card

October 28, 2015: The nation’s report card released today provides new and impactful insight into student performance in classrooms across Illinois, Chicago as well as the nation’s largest cities and other states. The results are a clarion call for us all and a cautious reminder that the important work of providing a high-quality public education […]

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Commentary: CPS Success? Yes.

Chicago Tribune – October 2, 2015: As a new school year gets into full swing, the media coverage of Chicago Public Schools continues to paint a bleak portrait: $500 million budget deficit, crushing pension obligations, superintendent resignation amid a federal probe, hunger strike over school closure and the threat of a teacher strike and layoffs. There’s no […]

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