United We Learn is a grassroots advocacy group that is focused on building political will in north suburban Chicago for systemic reform that will improve education quality for all public school children in Illinois.

On September 16, 2010, 125 people attended United We Learn’s public launch of The Education They Deserve at the McCormick Tribune Center at Northwestern University.  The film tells the story of the “two worlds” reality of public school education in the voices of people who live it: in Chicago (Fenger, Kenwood, Little Village, North Side Prep, Senn), and in the northern suburbs (Evanston, Glenbrook South, New Trier).  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.