Advance Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Extension of Stay-At-Home Order

CHICAGO, IL (March 31, 2020) Advance Illinois President Robin Steans released the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Illinois residents: “In these unprecedented times, it is important that we have leadership that is strong, informed by reliable data and expertise, and puts the safety and wellness of the […]

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From the Desk of Robin Steans

We’re in this Together Dear Friends and Colleagues, I never imagined there would be a time that I would be reaching out to you in the midst of a global health crisis that has closed the doors of schools around our nation and across Illinois. However, this is the world we are in today. All […]

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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 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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Impact of Illinois teacher shortage hits vulnerable students hardest

By Alex Baptiste Data Analytics Associate A good teacher can be the difference between a student going to college and dropping out of high school. But in Illinois, our most vulnerable students do not always have access to the teachers they so desperately need. A recent survey from the Illinois State Board of Education reveals that […]

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Essence of ESSA: Growth versus proficiency

Academic progress at Zion school shows promise of new system Third and 4th graders at Beulah Park Elementary School in Zion are gaining crucial skills as they make inferences while reading books as varied as Junie B. Jones and a biography of 19th century scientist Mary Anning. Now that progress will be recognized in the […]

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