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    Get Involved!

    We, the people of Illinois, must work together and as stewards of future generations, must invest in our children.

    Please join law enforcement, business leaders, retirees, teachers, parents and individual community members across the state.

    "It's [Students First] a bold plan, but something has to be done to save Illinois schools."

    3/27/2003 , Southern Illinoisan Editorial
    "Organization offers a novel way to advocate for schools."

    We challenge all of our statewide elected officials, the legislature, local school boards, parents, teachers and communities to work together to put our students first, above the special interests, the politics and the rhetoric.

  • Elected officials continually run on the platform of education as their #1 priority.

  • Public education has been the top Illinois voter worry in since 2000 according to the annual Coalition for Consumer Rights.6

  • 61% of Illinois voters believe our k-12 schools are under-funded.6

    Our quality of life, economy, and ability to compete globally require a well-educated citizenry and workforce.

    Please take the first step by joining today. It's free! Sign up to receive our daily or weekly e-news stories about a wide range of education issues from around the state.

    For other ways to help, check out the links on the right so you can make a difference today.

    SOURCES: 6 A poll conducted by Copley News Service January 5-7, 2004


    Send Springfield the petition
    It's simple, free and fast.

    November is your chance to make a difference
    Think your vote doesn't matter this November? Think again.

    Contact legislative education committees
    Contact the House and Senate education committees at the email addresses listed below and let them know what changes you think should be made in education!

    ISBE/IPA/IASA Hurricane Relief Fund
    The Illinois Association of School Administrators in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education announces that the Illinois Principals Association and IASA have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt fund set up to help school districts impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

    5 ways to help!
    Join, send the petition, write your local papers and VOTE!

    Write your paper
    It's easier than you think. Learn how to send a letter to your paper.

    ISBE discussion of FY 06 spending priorities
    Dial in today (January 12, 2005) at 3:00PM to listen in!

    Register to vote by Jan. 25!
    The deadline to register to vote in the consolidated election is quickly approaching. Let your voice be heard at the ballot box this year. Every vote counts.

    Feb 2: State of the State Address
    What changes have helped schoolchildren in classrooms statewide in 2004? Will education be at the top of the Governor's agenda in 2005?

    Peoria TV: "Education in Illinois"
    Education is the hot issue in Peoria this week. WTVP's "At Issue" program focuses on Illinois education this week with guests Ron Gidwitz, Jeff Mays and State Rep. Mike Smith.

    Carlinville: Have you heard? Senate hearing in your area!
    Thursday is your chance to be a part of democracy in action. The Senate Education Committee is coming to you to hear your thoughts on HB 750.

    School Funding Forum
    Education is the underpinning of our quality of life, freedom and the future of our state. Yet we are not fulfilling the needs of our schoolchildren. What can be done to solve this problem?

    Governance issue over; now back to the students
    With the appointment of a new State Board earlier this week, the public education governance issue is just about over. It's time to get back to the education of our children. This is where you come in.

    Governor expected to sign SB3000
    Expect the Governor to sign SB3000, announce the new members of the Board of Education and appoint a new State Superintendent as early as next week.

    Encourage your legislators to remember you when they're in Springfield.
    Find your officials
    Ask your legislators to put Students First. The children did nothing wrong and shouldn't have to compete with pork projects.

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