Download a summary of Key Facts about education in Illinois.  PDF

Read about past UWL events and view presentations addressing education in Illinois.

Information and Studies:

“The Finland Phenomenon” Documentary (2011), Two Million Minutes. (Excellent documentary about one of the best school systems in the world, one which we can learn from)
Chicago Public School Reform History, Catalyst Chicago.
Chicago Public School Program Types, CPS.
METCO Merits More, Pioneer Institute & Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, June 2011.

Go To 2040 Plan, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, October 13, 2010.  (The unanimously adopted 6-County Chicago Region’s new comprehensive plan, which includes recommendations for making school funding fair.)
Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (PDF), Education Law Center, September 2010.   (For commentary on Illinois’ grade of “F”, see news release from Business and Professional People for the Public Interest).
The State We’re In 2010: A Report Card on Education in Illinois, Advance Illinois.
Illinois Supplement to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2010 (PDF), Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.
The Economic Impact of the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools (PDF), McKinsey and Company, April 2009.
Per-Pupil spending of public school systems by State (XLS), 2007-2008.
States ranked by per-pupil spending in Public school systems (XLS), 2007-2008.

News, Opinions & Editorials:

Two students, two high schools, two divergent paths to college, Chicago Reader, October 17, 2012
City TIF Spending on Schools Widens Disparity, Report Says,, June 5, 2012
A High School Confronts its Reading Struggles Head On, WBEZ 91.5, June 1, 2012
U.S. Is Urged to Raise Teachers’ Status, NY Times, March 17, 2011
Lauded Harlem Schools Have Their Own Problems, NY Times, October 12, 2010
Where The CPS Cuts Are Falling, Progress Illinois, September 22, 2010
NY Times commentary on “Waiting for Superman” film
Separate but equal the financing of public education in Illinois works like this: DuSable spends $6,000 per student, New Trier spends $12,000, by Richard Krieg & Charles Wheelan — Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1995

Related organizations:
Advance Illinois
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest  
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Chicago Urban League
ED-RED: Voice of Suburban Schools
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Raise Your Hand
Stand for Children
Voices for Illinois Children