Illinois needs a strong education system to ensure the economic vitality of the state and our competitiveness nationally and internationally. A strong education system is a fundamental right: every child deserves a high-quality education. As poverty has grown, we are at a critical juncture: the state must invest in its lowest-income and most vulnerable students to prepare the workforce of 2025 and remain competitive. As we show in this report, business as usual will not get us there. We will have to expand current strategies, adopt new ones, hold ourselves accountable and partner with communities to reach our goals for 2025.