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The NewsSTAND: February 2024

Feb 23, 202401 min read
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Stand for Children poll digs into opinions on public option schools

Jan 16, 202405 min read
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          January 16, 2024                                                                             CONTACT: Mea Anderson | [email protected] 82% OF CHICAGO VOTERS AGREE: FAMILIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL OPTION THAT BEST MEETS THEIR CHILDREN’S NEEDS A New Stand for Children Poll Digs into Opinions on Transitioning Away from Magnet, Selective Enrollment, and Charter […]

Memo on the ISBE Literacy Plan

Nov 21, 202301 min read
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The Illinois State Board of Education has released its second draft of the comprehensive statewide literacy plan!  (Read it here) The Illinois Early Literacy Coalition conferred with lots of members and experts and developed this memo with feedback on the plan. Illinois is moving off the sidelines and this plan is the first step. It’s […]

Confused About Chicago’s Elected School Board Transition? Part 3

Oct 20, 202307 min read
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Welcome to our third and final installment of this “Confused about Chicago’s Elected School Board?” blog! If you need to get caught up, Part 1 covers the timeline of the change, history of Chicago’s school board, and background on other Illinois school board structures. Part 2 recommends Ranked Choice Voting in the 2024 CPS school […]

Confused About Chicago’s Elected School Board Transition? Part 2

Oct 18, 202309 min read
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The Chicago Board of Education will undergo a dramatic transformation over the next three years as it transitions from a mayoral-appointed board of seven members, to a hybrid board of 10 elected and 11 appointed members, to a fully elected 23-member board. It’s a big change that’s coming up fast – so the clock is […]

Confused About Chicago’s Elected School Board Transition? Part 1

Oct 9, 202309 min read
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The Chicago Board of Education will undergo a dramatic transformation over the next three years as it transitions from a mayoral-appointed board of seven members, to a hybrid board of 10 elected and 11 appointed members, to a fully elected 23-member board. It’s a big change that’s coming up fast – so the clock is […]