The Pledge

Current Events & News, Elections | 02/09/2018

Mimi Rodman
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Mimi guides the strategy and policy work at Stand for Children Illinois.

It might not seem possible, but early voting started yesterday, February 8 outside of Cook County, it starts on February 21 in Cook County, and the Primary Election is on March 20. Election Day will be here before you know it.

For our state, a strong education system requires legislators who put the well-being of all children ahead of partisan politics. That means studying the issues and challenging the status quo. Illinois needs bold, courageous education champions in Springfield.

But we need people to vote for candidates who will make the best interests of students their top priority in this election. Join me and pledge to vote in the upcoming Primary Election.

It’s true that our state’s education system has made important gains recently. Last summer, we successfully fought for a new school funding formula that starts to erase the inequities of how Illinois schools are funded and will provide an additional $350 million to students who need it the most. Stand members also championed the return of an additional $80 million annually to under-served classrooms that had been gauged by a fast-growing payment schools had to make to cover state pension debts.

These wins mark solid progress, but more work needs to be done in a state where only 30% of Illinois students graduate high school college- and career-ready. Voters like us need to change that.

Take the pledge today and join advocates across our state by pledging to vote for education champions in the upcoming Primary Election.

Make your voice heard and your vote count in this election. Remember, at Stand for Children we show up, we speak up, we reach out, and we vote.

 

(Paid for by Stand for Children IL PAC)

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