How will we pay for the education they deserve? Come to a special brown-bag lunch meeting on Friday, October 1, 2013, from 12 pm – 1 pm, at 70 E. Lake Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Chicago, for the launching of “Illinois Friends of Public Education,” of which United We Learn is a co-founder. Ralph Martire, Director of the Center of Tax & Budget Accountability, will give us his best strategic ideas for tax reform that will get us to excellent public school education for all Illinois children. Click here for a flyer about the event.

On Sept 16, 2010, 125 people attended United We Learn’s public launch of The Education They Deserve at the McCormick Tribune Center at Northwestern University.

View the film hereContact us to get a DVD and schedule a viewing before your local elected officials and candidates, schools boards and parents’ associations, Rotary Clubs and other civic associations, teachers’ groups, neighborhood gatherings, and any other venue that pulls together thoughtful citizens who want to make a difference.

Our guiding principles:

  • The similarities that unite communities throughout Illinois are greater than the differences that divide us. We believe our hopes and dreams for our children are common ground on which we can join forces to support one another, learn from one another and work together to ensure the best possible public education for all Illinois school students.
  • We support improving the public education systems serving all Illinois students – particularly those forced to attend failing schools – in order to create a better educated workforce, a stronger statewide economy, a greater understanding and mutual respect among communities, and a more just world.
  • We recognize that funding plays a significant role in the inequities among Illinois public school systems, and welcome the opportunity to explore, learn about and understand the pros and cons of various state funding models and their implications for students across the state in hopes that this process will result in high quality systems for all students.

Click here for details on United We Learn’s priorities, which you can use as a set of criteria by which to evaluate any proposed policy or program that purports to reform public school education.