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

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Stand Supports Representative Jim Durkin, 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 Representative Jim Durkin for State Representative in the 82nd 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, “As an assistant minority leader, Representative Durkin has consistently supported bold education reforms to help children have better opportunities. From the time he ran as a school board member many years ago to his service now in the legislature, Durkin has held education as a top priority. We support Durkin’s steadfast commitment to enhancing public school options, supporting accountability and building collaborative school environments.”

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. Representative Durkin 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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