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Education Advocacy Group Stand For Children Endorses Eleven Candidates In Illinois' March Primary


Stand Supports Joe Neal, along with Ten Additional Democratic and Republican Candidates Committed to Prioritizing Students before Adults in their Education Policy Decisions

Chicago – February 16, 2012 – During the 2011 Spring legislative session, Stand for Children worked in coalition to support the historic education reform legislation Senate Bill 7. Stand is committed to ensuring the legislation is implemented, and that moving forward, education policies and initiatives ensure every child has access to quality education. To that end, Stand has endorsed Joe Neal for State Senate in the 31st district, along with ten additional candidates who will be education champions in Springfield.

“Education is the key that unlocks the door to success, but far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to make it in life,” said Mary Anderson, executive director, Stand for Children Illinois. “By electing education advocates committed to prioritizing children before adults in their education policy decisions, we can change the trajectory so all students can graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education.”

Anderson went on to say, “Joe Neal is a keen advocate for doing what works in education and ensuring that our school systems are serving children first and foremost. Stand is impressed by his child-focused commitment to developing infrastructure to provide clean drinking water for impoverished children through his work in the military, and believe his thoughtful approach to advocating for kids will be a tremendous asset in the legislature, with students as the beneficiary.”

In the first phase of endorsements, a comprehensive process was instituted to identify, evaluate and select high quality candidates. Specifically, Stand sent questionnaires to every candidate in a contested primary. An internal selection committee formed a set of criteria in which to consider candidates, including past efforts to support education reform initiatives, responses to questionnaire, and voting record on key education reform legislation for incumbents. In races where education was a contested issue, Stand invited each candidate to participate in interviews with members of the internal selection committee.

“After a thorough review of all candidates, we are pleased to announce our first round of endorsed candidates,” said Patrick Mogge, chair of the Stand for Children Illinois PAC. “We believe education should be a bi-partisan issue, which is why Stand is supporting both Illinois House and Senate Republicans and Democrats. Joe Neal has indicated his commitment to implementing SB 7, as well as continuing to fight for what is best for all students.”

Stand’s first round of 2012 primary election endorsements include:

Illinois House
•Edward Acevedo (D – 2)
•Adam Brown (R – 102)
•Ken Dunkin (D – 5)
•Jim Durkin (R – 82)
•Ron Sandack (R-81)
•Silvana Tabares (D – 21)

Illinois Senate
•Sam McCann (R – 50)
•Karen McConnaughay (R – 33)
•Joe Neal (R – 31)
•Michael Noland (D – 22)
•Carole Pankau (R – 23)

Stand for Children Illinois PAC is an independent, non-partisan PAC.
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Stand for Children is an innovative, grassroots education advocacy organization. Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To make that happen, we educate and empower parents, advocate for effective policy, and elect education leaders.

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