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Solutions for Illinois Kids: Student Scholarships

When it comes to finding a school that is right for their child, the best options can be out of reach for many families. That is why one solution the Illinois Kids Campaign advocates for is expanded scholarship programs. As so many families know, scholarships can be critical to helping children attend the school that […]

Solutions for Illinois Teachers: Tax Credits for Out-of-Pocket Classroom Supplies

Teachers are the backbone of a successful education for our kids, and they deserve our support. Across Illinois, many teachers are spending their hard-earned money to buy materials and supplies that enhance their classrooms. The Illinois Kids Campaign believes teachers should be reimbursed for those personal expenses, and funds should be made available to help […]

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

CREDO at Stanford University released a study showing that only charter schools aren’t doing well, to put it simply. Robin Lake responded with an article in Education Next. Ms. Lake points out that online charter schools are important opportunities for innovative pedagogy and individualized learning, but that structures tasked with regulating online charters need revamping. […]


Click here to nominate a visionary in education now Since 1988, The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education has recognized outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches and whose accomplishments are making a difference today. Past McGraw Prize winners have included Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children’s Zone, Sal Khan […]


A roundup of the biggest news in education this week, in case you missed it… As Charter Schools Become Divisive, Two Parents Give Their Take (NPR) Math story time at home bolsters achievement in school (University of Chicago) SEEING THE BENEFITS WE REEP (OCI Blog) America’s smart kids left behind (Education Next) Forrest Claypool’s kid […]


Efforts to merge entrepreneurship and education are expanding across the nation. The 74 Million recently reported on Rice University’s Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), “a Houston-area leadership program geared toward K-12 educators who want to instill business savvy and management skills into their work in schools.” REEP brings together traditional and charter school educators from throughout […]


The Center for American Progress has released a report arguing that states should reform their curriculums to get better bang for their buck. However, some think that curriculum reform will take accountability out of the hands of teachers. Is curriculum reform a high ROI education investment, or a way of easing the burden on new […]


Refugees making their way to Europe are seeking education through free online schools. Could the model apply to education policy in the US? Read the article here, and visit our Facebook page to let us know what you think.


The US Department of Education has awarded $4 million to support underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs. The grant targets students of color, low income students, students with limited English proficiency, and others. Earlier this month, OCI Policy Director Josh Dwyer wrote a blog post about certain groups of students being left out of […]


“Must it always come back to finding a reason why some children just can’t learn, as opposed to finding a way to help them learn?” Carol Dweck originated the “growth mindset” method. She finds that students are most successful when they believe their intelligence can develop. Read more: Carol Dweck Revisits the Growth Mindset