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Gov. and Legislators Deserve Praise for New Education Budget


Governor Bruce Rauner and the leaders of the Illinois House and Senate have enacted HB3763, the new state education budget. While the state is still falling short of fully funding our schools, this budget is still an improvement, funding general state aid to school districts at 92 percent as compared with the 87 percent this past year. It also sets aside $85 million to recoup the losses of our neediest districts.

Civil Rights Groups Highlight Ed Funding Failures


A set of reports released Monday by civil rights groups found Illinois is one of many states with inadequately and inequitably funded public schools. On the issue of funding fairness, in particular, Illinois received an “F.”

A Washington Post story summarizing the findings of the reports released by the Education Law Center and the Leadership Conference Education Fund can be found here.

PARCC Makes Changes - For the Better


I’m a little late to the party, but let me add my voice to those who have recognized PARCC for listening to feedback and improving its test. This is the first year for statewide PARCC implementation in Illinois. Like any new program or system, continual improvement is critical, and PARCC’s next round of changes – announced last week – represent important progress.

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.