Media advisory: Superintendents, education advocates to launch town halls across Illinois to discuss SB1 and the school funding crisis

CHICAGO (June 23, 2017) – Superintendents and education advocates are coming together with the Fix the Formula Illinois campaign for town hall meetings next week to discuss a solution to the state’s worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. The meetings will include a presentation on the evidence-based school funding model and SB1, which passed the General Assembly […]

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Statement: Passage of school funding reform is a historic triumph

SPRINGFIELD (May 31, 2017) — The General Assembly’s passage of SB1 tonight is a historic triumph for students and ends an era of Illinois having the most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Thank you to everyone who voted for this bill. We are grateful to Representative Will Davis, Senator Andy Manar and Senator […]

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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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