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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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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National report shows inequity in Illinois’ education funding system deeper than previously known: Report updates widely circulated data on educational inequity

CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2018) – A new report shows that Illinois’ education funding system provides 78 cents to a low-income student for every dollar spent on a non-low-income student and remains the most regressive system in the nation. Funding Gaps 2018, released today by The Education Trust, is an update to a report that was […]

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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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Statement on Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1

CHICAGO (August 1, 2017) — Fix the Formula Illinois members, including Advance Illinois, released the following statement upon the Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1. We are disappointed in the Governor’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, which promises a fair and equitable school funding system. At a time of scarce resources, this broad […]

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