Districts make way for KIDS

This article previously appeared in the Illinois Association of School Boards’ Illinois School Board Journal. By Melissa Figueira Policy Associate In the fall of 2017, following successful pilots in districts across the state, the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS, will be implemented in Illinois. So what exactly is KIDS and what does the statewide rollout […]

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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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KIDS and kindergarten transition: Updates from Early Education

By Alex Baptiste Data Analytics Associate Illinois is taking significant steps to reinvest in early childhood education. Last month, ISBE launched a new page for the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS), an observational tool assessing Kindergarten readiness that will be implemented statewide this coming school year. The General Assembly passed a kindergarten transition bill (HJR […]

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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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Tribune letter: Funding formula helps all students

June 8, 2017 — Advance Illinois Co-Chairs John Edwardson and Marin Gjaja wrote a letter to the Chicago Tribune in support of the passage of SB1, which reforms school funding in Illinois, and calling for Governor Rauner to sign the bill. Here’s the text of the letter: In response to the editorial “Don’t dare applaud […]

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Rally draws nearly 1,000 to steps of Capitol to demand funding reform

May 20, 2017 By Bob Dolgan Communications Director Nearly 1,000 students, parents, teachers and school administrators from across the state rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, May 17. The rally came as bills appeared before the Senate and House that would make Illinois’ school funding formula more equitable and adequate. Illinois currently ranks […]

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Regional events highlight inequitable funding, impacts on schools and students

April 26, 2017 By Bob Dolgan Communications Director Advance Illinois Education stakeholders came together for a series of seven events during the week of April 17 to share the impact of Illinois’ broken funding formula and maintain momentum toward passing school funding reform legislation this spring. Superintendents, teachers and families are saying their students cannot […]

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Funding leaves Beardstown lost in translation

March 29, 2017 Rural community lacks resources to serve growing African, Hispanic population By Bob Dolgan Communications Director Advance Illinois When junior high students move to Beardstown from places such as the Congo, they need basic “survival skills” as part of the adjustment to a new language and culture. “We talk about how to tell […]

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