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Illinois Earns Early Childhood Education Grant


Earlier today it was announced that Illinois is a recipient of a $20 million federal preschool expansion grant. The grant will help to increase the availability of high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities, and serve as a model for expanding preschool to all 4-year-olds from low-income families.

Stand Parents Visit Capitol to Rally for SB16


What do we want? EQUITY! When do we want it? NOW!

That chant rang out loud and clear in the rotunda of the state Capitol yesterday as leaders from Stand and the coalition of Funding IL’s Future rallied for equitable state funding for public education. The rally filled the rotunda with advocates from across the state, among them legislators, teachers, administrators, students, and parents.

Stand UP Graduation: Celebrate the Next Crop of Education Leaders


Parents are the best advocates for their kids’ education, and last night Stand University for Parents (Stand UP) celebrated the latest group of education advocates at the LEARN campus in North Chicago. The group of 43 parents (a record number of parents for one class) became the newest Stand UP graduates, signaling their commitment to improving public education for all kids in their communities.

Stand Candidates Win Big: A Great Election Night for Ed Champs


Stand for Children's mission of building better public schools drives our involvement in Illinois politics. We need to elect smart legislators who take courageous votes and strong stances on student-focused policy.

On Election Night all that effort paid off! Our candidates ran strong campaigns, and we're enormously proud of their success.

One candidate ran a great race and came up a bit short, while another race is still too close to call. That means last night at least 21 of 23 Stand-endorsed candidates won their races.

Stand IL & Univision Present "Parent Academy" October 4 in Chicago


On Saturday, October 4, Stand for Children Illinois in collaboration with Univision will present “Parent Academy” – a Spanish-language program designed to raise awareness of the new academic standards for local schools and provide parents with the tools they need to ensure their child is prepared for college. The program will also include State Rep. Fred Crespo, Vice Chairperson of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and radio personality Dr. Isabel Gomez-Bassol.


Let Common Core Flourish in Illinois

An important case on behalf of Common Core State Standards and the need to follow through on their potential to boost the academic progress of Illinois students.

USA TODAY Op-Ed: Common Core Math is Not Fuzzy

Solomon Friedberg, chair of the Math Department at Boston College, explains in a USA TODAY column how Common Core State Standards promote deeper understanding and fluency of mathematics.

Our General Election Endorsed Candidates

At Stand for Children Illinois, our singular focus is improving public schools, especially for our most at-risk kids. That is why we work to elect legislators who share our commitment to providing all Illinois students access to a high-quality public education. Today we’re announcing our candidate endorsements for the 2014 general election.

Illinois Boosts Computer Science - and Students' Competitive Edge


Stand for Children Illinois has been advocating enactment of HB 3695, legislation that allows an AP Computer Science course to count as one of the three math courses required for high school graduation. The General Assembly passed HB 3695 earlier this year, and on Friday Governor Quinn signed the bill into law. This important change encourages greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers while also helping prepare students for a changing global economy.

Managing Change at CPS

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett describes the changes at CPS over the past school year and how the CPS community can keep working together to achieve their mission of providing a great education for every child in every neighborhood.