Statement on the Governor’s Budget Address

The below statement can be attributed to Robin Steans, President of Advance Illinois: “Gov. JB Pritzker’s address today solidifies his promise to invest in all students statewide. We applaud him for ensuring that investment in public education is the state’s top priority. Investing in the entire continuum of education— early childhood through career— will begin […]

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Advance Illinois Announces Leadership Transition

January 24, 2019 Chicago, IL – Advance Illinois announced today that Robin Steans will be returning to Advance Illinois as President effective Friday, January 25. Robin succeeds Ginger Ostro, who has served as Executive Director of the organization for the past three years. Robin was the founding Executive Director of Advance Illinois at its inception in […]

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Press Release: Pritzker-Stratton’s Educational Success Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anna Schneider Senior Communications Associate 217.242.9645 aschneider@advanceillinois.org  Ginger Ostro of Advance Illinois to Serve on Pritzker-Stratton’s Educational Success Transition Committee November 27, 2018  Chicago, IL — Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced that Ginger Ostro, executive director of Advance Illinois would serve as a member of the Educational Success […]

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Statement on ISBE’s Recommendations to Address Teacher Shortage

Statement submitted on behalf of the Teachers for Illinois’ Future Coalition 10/18/2018 “The Teachers for Illinois’ Future coalition is committed to ensuring students statewide have access to the teachers needed to prepare them for their future. We are pleased that the Illinois State Board of Education linked funding for districts using the evidenced-based funding formula to […]

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Statement on ISBE’s Solutions to Address State’s Teacher Shortage Crisis

Sept. 13, 2018 The Teachers for Illinois’ Future Coalition supports ISBE’s proposed recommendations to end the state’s teacher shortage crisis, as stated in their “Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms” report. The recommendations align with our coalition’s core principles which we use to evaluate proposals. Our principles are as follows: 1. Ensure students have the […]

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Statement on the Release of Preliminary School Discipline Data

The following is a joint stakeholder statement on the Illinois State Board of Education’s release of preliminary school discipline data. July 19, 2018 Yesterday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) took another step towards understanding our students’ learning environment with the release of preliminary data on school discipline, i.e. expulsions and suspensions. Now that […]

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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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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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