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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.

Stand's statement on Speaker Madigan's proposed constitutional amendment

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Mimi Rodman, Executive Director of Stand for Children Illinois, issued this statement today in response to House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed constitutional amendment for a 3% surcharge on income over $1 million to fund education:

Our Election Night Scorecard

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Last night’s primary election brought big wins for Illinois kids. 

Eleven of the twelve candidates that Stand for Children endorsed won last night! (See the full list here.) That brings the total count to 51 candidate victories since we started our elections work in late 2010. 

It's Election Day!

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It's Election Day!  Polls are open until 7pm - here's where you can find your polling place:  http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx

Don't forget to vote for a Stand endorsed candidate! 

I'm out knocking on doors

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I’m a dad and a small business owner.  And I’ve been spending the last several weekends knocking on doors asking people to vote in tomorrow's Illinois primary election.  

I've never knocked on doors before this election. Six months ago, you couldn’t have told me that I’d have this passion to get someone elected to office.  I was focused on my seven kids, my store, keeping my family safe and healthy. 

Then I joined Stand for Children as a parent member because I saw the need for strong public schools in my community on the South Side of Chicago. 

Early voting has begun!

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Given the crazy winter we’ve been having, who knows what the weather will look like on Election Day, March 18th. So why wait until then to vote in the Illinois Primary Election?

Today is the opening of early voting in Illinois.  What does early voting mean?  It means that you can vote whenever it’s convenient for you between March 3-15.

Just bring a photo ID and find your nearest voting location.  Here’s the list of early voting locations: 

Our 2014 Primary Endorsed Candidates

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It's election time! One month from today onMarch 18th, Illinois will have a primary election.You know that Stand for Children works with parents, and you know that we fight for smart education policies in Springfield. Did you know that we also endorse candidates for office through our political action committee?

We do this because Illinois needs effective laws that will improve our schools, which means we need education champions in Springfield who are going to keep the well-being of kids at the forefront of their policy priorities.

Stand University for Parents Kick-off

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Amazing introductory meeting at Rowe Elementary last night - nearly 60 parents shows up on a snowy night to hear about Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). This eight week experience, done in partnership with CPS schools, works with families to build a solid partnership with their child's teacher/school and create a learning environment that puts kids on the path to college.

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