Teaching Summit a day of learning and creating

Nearly 100 teachers, advocates and policymakers came together on June 2 in Oak Park for the Elevate Teaching Summit: Ensuring an Effective Education in Every Illinois Classroom. The Summit was aimed at informing Teach Illinois, a year of inquiry into the teaching profession launched by the Illinois State Board of Education. The event was presented […]

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League of United Latin American Citizens honors Dr. Teresa Ramos

Dr. Teresa Ramos, Director of Community Engagement for Advance Illinois, received the Latinx Advocate Leadership Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at the 62nd Illinois LULAC Annual State Convention on Saturday, June 9, at Argo Community High School in Summit. Teresa was honored for her leadership of the Funding Illinois’ Future […]

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Brief details impact, mechanics of new Property Tax Relief Fund Pool

In a new brief, How the Property Tax Relief Fund Pool Drives Equity, Advance Illinois details the impact and mechanics of the new tax relief fund that received a $50 million investment in the state Fiscal Year 2019 budget last week. The Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) for Student Success Act (PA 100-0465) is a historic change to […]

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Letter to ISBE on long-term goals for student learning

May 16, 2018 Chairman James Meeks Dr. Tony Smith, Superintendent Illinois State Board of Education 100 North First Street Springfield, IL 62777 Dear Chairman Meeks and Superintendent Smith: We are driven by the twin beliefs that all kids can learn and that we should have high expectations for our education system. With school funding reform […]

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Advance Illinois, ISBE team up for School Report Card engagement sessions

This year, the Illinois Report Card will share more information about how the state and schools are working together to foster high-quality educational opportunities for all students in safe and healthy learning environments. What do families want to know about their children’s schools? The Illinois State Board of Education is partnering with Advance Illinois to […]

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Recap: Legislator Forum emphasizes power of communities coming together around education

Watch Full Conversation Improving schools has often been thought of as the responsibility of the education system and the school community. But when school improvement takes place through a multi-sector, collective effort, schools thrive and students succeed as a result. That was the message of the Seventh Annual Legislator Forum, which took place on April 11 at the State House Inn […]

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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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