The start of a new school year is an exciting time. As teachers prepare their classrooms, and students return to the building, there is palpable energy and excitement throughout the school.

Like you, we look forward to what’s ahead. Since launching in May, our campaign has significant momentum, and we expect it to build with the start of the school year. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what we’ve been up to the past few months, and where our campaign is heading.

  • Campaign Events

Recently, our campaign was thrilled to host education experts from around the country for a meaningful conversation on the issues affecting Illinois schools, and ways to solve them. We learned a lot about how others successfully implemented policies to improve their state’s education, and plan to use these strategies to continue to move the needle towards our goals.

  • Campaign Figures

Our coalition continues to grow! Today, that includes nearly 400 members, who have visited our website, friended us on Facebook, shared our messages on Twitter, and most importantly, contacted their legislators. In fact, more than 5,000 letters of support have been sent to elected officials with the message to Invest in Kids.

  • Your Story

We advocate for scholarships, teacher tax credits, and critical funding for schools. But, the messages that resonate most are personal stories. Tell us how a scholarship has changed a life, or how arts and music programs have kept a child in school. We may share your story in an upcoming newsletter, or directly with legislators. To share, please email[email protected].

We encourage you to take the start of the school year as an opportunity to continue spreading the word about the Illinois Kids Campaign. Here’s to a great year, and to us forging ahead so all children in Illinois have the education they deserve.