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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

The "Millionaire's Tax" and Education Funding

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Governor Quinn recently signed the “millionaire’s tax” referendum – a non-binding resolution allowing voters to express their support for a 3% surcharge on income over $1 million. Supporters of this proposal estimate it would raise $1 billion for education distributed on a per pupil basis.

Defending the Common Core School Standards

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chicagotribune.com  Great Chicago Tribune editorial explaining - and defending - Common Core standards:

Defending the Common Core school standards: Give these national educational standards a chance to work

May 19, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

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It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and all of us at Stand for Children just wanted to give a shout out to those teachers who inspired us.

Who's the teacher who inspired you the most? Leave them a note in comments.

It's time to fix the way we fund our schools!

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Illinois has one of the most inequitable education funding systems in the country. Some school districts spend $7,000 per pupil, while others spend $25,000.

This disparity is largely driven by zip code.We need to make sure that all Illinois students attend schools that are adequately resourced, and there’s promising news from Springfield!

Springfield: Education Funding

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When it comes to education funding, Stand for Children is fighting for two equally-important elements: adequate funding and equitable distribution. Illinois’s funding gap between rich and poor school districts is the second-highest in the country. We’re incredibly regressive – and that hurts the most at-risk children who most need access to a great education. And the nearly $1 billion in cuts over the last five years have made our inequities worse.

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