Stand for Children Illinois: An education advocacy nonprofit
OUR MISSION IS TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN, REGARDLESS OF THEIR BACKGROUND, GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARED FOR, AND WITH ACCESS TO, college or career training.
We make that happen by:
- Empowering everyday people to make a difference for their kids, schools, and communities.
- Championing a bold and bipartisan approach to politics.
- Advocating for lasting policies that improve education.
Hundreds of Illinois parents have graduated from Stand University for Parents, our hallmark program, that:
- Teaches parents how to understand their child’s academic performance
- Shows parents how to evaluate their school’s performance
- Helps parents effectively communicate with teachers and school leadership
- Provides parents with the skills to drive lasting improvements in schools
Through our policy and government affairs work, we have worked to advance policies that will improve educational outcomes for Illinois students, including:
- Shaping and passing historic legislation to ensure that the best teachers stay in the classroom by reforming teacher evaluation, tenure and dismissal processes
- Boosting academic standards and modernizing assessments to improve our ability to assess individual student performance and identify achievement gaps in groups of students
- Improving access to high-quality public school options, particularly for families in underserved communities
- Advancing legislation to reform the state’s underfunded, unfair and outdated system for funding public schools
Through our independent, bipartisan Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC), we work to elect leaders who are deeply committed to improving educational opportunities for children and who put students at the forefront of education policies. We have identified, endorsed and supported the election of dozens of education champions through political action that includes direct contributions, grassroots campaigning and independent advertising.
Stand for Children Illinois PAC has endorsed 53 candidates in primary and general election contests, 47 of whom won their elections. Our PAC advisory board of parent members participates in candidate interviews and endorsement decisions.