Press release: Statewide series of town halls to address school funding reform

CHICAGO (April 17, 2017) – Education stakeholders are coming together for regional town hall conversations across the state this week as momentum builds toward passing school funding reform legislation this spring. Superintendents, teachers and families are saying their students cannot wait any longer for a fix to Illinois’ funding system—the most unfair funding system in […]

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Press Release: Biennial report shows state’s education system has made progress in some areas, lags behind in others

CHICAGO (NOV. 30, 2016) – Low-income Illinois students remain academically well behind their wealthier peers in K-12 schooling and are less likely to complete a postsecondary degree, according to a report released today by Advance Illinois, an independent, objective voice promoting a healthy education system that prepares all students for success in college and career. […]

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Well-Respected Education Leader Ginger Ostro Will Take the Helm at Advance Illinois

December 1, 2015: Advance Illinois announced that, after a national search, respected education funding and policy expert Ginger Ostro will lead the bipartisan, non-profit education policy organization as it continues in its efforts to ensure that children across Illinois have the support they need to succeed. Ostro takes the helm of Advance Illinois as the […]

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Statement from Robin Steans, Executive Director of Advance Illinois, on the Performance of Illinois and Chicago on the Nation’s Report Card

October 28, 2015: The nation’s report card released today provides new and impactful insight into student performance in classrooms across Illinois, Chicago as well as the nation’s largest cities and other states. The results are a clarion call for us all and a cautious reminder that the important work of providing a high-quality public education […]

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Education Organizations Endorse HJRCA 26 as a First Step Toward Building Better Schools

An Important Step Toward Building Stronger Schools By: Cinda Klickna – President, Illinois Education Association Dan Montgomery – President, Illinois Federation of Teachers president Ben Schwarm – Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance Jessica Handy – Government Affairs Director, Stand for Children Illinois Amy Ballinger-Cole – Director of Government Relations, Advance Illinois Diane Rutledge – Executive […]

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