Statement on the Appointment of Illinois’ State Superintendent of Education and ISBE’s Board of Directors

Posted on February 27, 2019
“We are thrilled by the announcement that Dr. Carmen Ayala has been appointed as Illinois’ State Superintendent of Education. Dr. Ayala will be our state’s first female superintendent, as well as the first Latina to take the helm of the state’s schools. She has been a trailblazer on behalf of kids throughout her career, most recently ensuring equity for all students through her leadership in passing an equitable school funding formula. We have also seen remarkable progress made in student outcomes during her tenure as superintendent at Berwyn North.

We are equally pleased to hear the selection for the Illinois State Board of Education’s board. Together, these new members have spent decades upon decades championing a high quality education for Illinois’ students. We look forward to working with Dr. Ayala and the board during this period of transition and for the next four years.”


Advance Illinois is a bipartisan education policy and advocacy organization committed to ensuring all children have access to a world-class education from birth to postsecondary and/or career. For more information please go to or follow us on Facebook @AdvanceIllinois or Twitter @AdvanceIllinois.

Anna Schneider, Senior Communications Associate