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Stand’s Mid-year Update


We made some incredible strides last year in our work to ensure every child gets a quality public education. But we couldn’t have done it without our members, leaders, volunteers, and generous donors – we’re honored to stand with you. And we hope you’ll join us in celebrating an incredible year.

Check out our interactive annual report to look back on what we’ve accomplished together.

Civil Rights Groups Issue Statement Explaining Opposition to Anti-Testing Efforts


Earlier this week, a number of leading civil rights organizations issued a statement explaining their opposition to anti-testing efforts. The statement can be seen below, or here.


Civil Rights Groups: “We Oppose Anti-Testing Efforts”Participation in Assessments Critical for Expanding Educational Opportunity for All Students

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2015

Honoring Our Teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day


Thinking back, we all know of one or two teachers who had an outsized impact on each of our lives. It may have been the fun history teacher who made the past come alive. It may have been a science teacher who made you see the world in a new way. Or it could have been an English teacher, making words on a page dance and twirl in your imagination.

We Can’t Afford This


It’s a big week in Springfield. An important bill, known as HB 306, could come up for a vote any day now. This bill would potentially jeopardize over a billion dollars in school funding while offering a way out for parents who oppose the modernized state test that kids across Illinois are taking.

Tell your legislator: vote NO on HB 306.

Stand Congratulates Mayor Emanuel on Re-election Win


What a day! Election Day in Chicago saw a spirited last push from Stand for Children advocates and volunteers with their dedicated work to ensure that Mayor Rahm Emanuel got re-elected to another term in City Hall. On behalf of Stand for Children Illinois and our members across the city, I want to congratulate Mayor Emanuel on his victory. We look forward to working with him over the next four years to see that the education gains we have seen in Chicago are solidified and to improve education outcomes for all students.

Vote for Chicago Students Tomorrow


If you are anything like me, you sometimes dread looking at e-mail or turning on the TV as Election Day nears, knowing that there will be more election-related notes or commercials. But, you also know how important these elections are, not only for the education issues we care so deeply about, but our communities as a whole.

Update from Springfield: New ISBE Modeling for SB1


We have seen many developments related to school funding over the past few days. One of the biggest came late last week when, after two months of anticipation, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released modeling on what school districts can expect under SB1.

Setting the Record Straight


On Friday morning, at a press conference outside of a Chicago Public School, I stood proud with a group of Stand parents in opposition to the recent ridiculous attacks by mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Our community, our schools, and our parents deserve better than this. They deserve a Mayor who won’t pit parents against parents. They deserve a mayor with a plan. Here’s what our parents had to say:

It’s Go Time for PARCC


After five years under development, the PARCC test finally debuted in Illinois this week. School districts will give one portion of PARCC testing in March and a second piece in May. Districts have autonomy to figure out exactly when they are testing within a window of time, so some started March 3 and others will start in the coming days. But so far, there have been over 44,000 PARCC tests taken in Illinois and over 836,000 across the eleven states that are using this particular assessment.