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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.

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: 

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