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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Education leaders discuss ESSA, equity at Legislator Forum

March 20, 2017: Thirty-six organizations, 27 legislators and an array of other education leaders came together in Springfield on March 14 for Advance Illinois’ annual Legislator Forum. Keynote speaker Ryan Smith, Executive Director of Education Trust-West, a California education advocacy organization, highlighted new opportunities to fairly evaluate and assist schools in the state’s plan for the […]

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Leveling the education playing field in the South Suburbs

March 13, 2017: Wynell Verrett-Butler, a great-grandmother and resident of Dixmoor, is a dynamic force in the fight for a fair education system in Illinois. Of the roughly 3,600 people who live in Dixmoor, a south suburb of Chicago, 86 percent of students are low-income, 23 percent are English learners and 15 percent have disabilities. In 1986, Butler became […]

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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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