Stand for Children’s mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. We recognize that achieving this mission requires a disciplined and strategic approach, which is why Stand for Children is committed to grassroots organizing and political advocacy.
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 do this through our Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC), which is independent and non-partisan. We look for candidates who believe in these tenets to building better public schools:
- Supporting outstanding teachers and leaders, through: improving educator evaluations; strengthening teacher preparation programs; supporting differentiated compensation; and enhancing alternative certification programs.
- Requiring high standards and effective systems through: implementing Common Core Standards and new aligned assessments; improving accountability and equitable funding for charter schools; lifting the charter school cap to increase quality public school options; and providing more instruction time for students.
- Prioritizing education in the State budget, including funding for: teacher and principal development, early childhood education, and high-poverty districts.
In the 2012 election cycle we supported 40 candidates in the Primary & General election - 35 of whom won. We're gearing up for the 2014 elections, stay tuned!