Edwatch: Advance Illinois
|Organization Name:||Advance Illinois|
|Company Line:||By listening to Illinois residents and distilling the best research, we have developed a framework of education policy priorities that, when implemented, will help provide a world-class education to all Illinois youth. Throughout our deliberations, we have been guided by these core principles: * A quality education improves the odds of success for all young people and anchors a state’s civic and economic well-being. * A 21st-century education begins at birth and engages families and communities. * Effective teachers and principals are at the core of great schools. * Improvement begins with high expectations for every student and every school. * Results matter. We must focus on outcomes and employ quality data to understand how we are doing and put that knowledge to use. * Innovative and far-reaching policies are the hallmarks of successful reform. Achieving them will require us all to move beyond old debates and come together around solutions that work for children. * Sound education policy requires deliberate and persistent effort combined with honest collaboration and clear communication. * Quality schools require adequate resources and the ability to use them wisely and effectively to promote student achievement.|
|Bottom Line:||Astroturf education policy organization funded by the Gates Foundation and others involved in abolishing teacher's collective bargaining rights and advancing policy in tune with that promoted by the Billionaire Boys Club.|
|Major Donors:||Steans Family Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Polk Brothers Foundation, OSA Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, MacArthur Foundation, Finnegan Family Foundation, CME Group Foundation, Boeing Company, Morrison Family Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Boeing Company Charitable Trust, Wallace Foundation, Fordham Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation|
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Advance Illinois along with Stand for Children instrumental in passing legislation to rule out tenure and give the state authority to evaluate teachers.
Why is an astroturf organization like Advance Illinois that clearly targets teachers and unions protecting their rights advising the U.S. Department of Education on transforming the teaching profession?