In April 2010, the Illinois State Senate passed Senate Bill 7, commonly referred to as Performance Counts, which changes the way Illinois teachers are hired, evaluated, and awarded tenure, and ensures that children are at the center of teacher union contract negotiations. From the beginning of the collaborative process, which has been heralded as a model for other states, Joyce grantee Advance Illinois played a key role in the passage of the bill, educating lawmakers about the importance of teacher quality.
On the heels of SB7, Advance Illinois continues to work on the implementation of the new state requirements. Other significant work includes developing best practice toolkits for education policy makers to learn from their counterparts in other districts, supporting efforts to lengthen the school day in Chicago, which had the shortest school day in the country, and empowering teachers to add their vision of what a great school should be to the national conversation on school reform.
Watch as members of Advance Illinois’s Educator Advisory Council share their visions.
Advance Illinois Report: Transforming Teacher Work for a Better Education Tomorrow