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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 3, 2014

New Report Finds Gaps In Educational Supports For Illinois Homeless Students

The number of homeless students in Illinois has ballooned over recent years with many of these children and youth unable to access vital educational supports, according to a new survey and report from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Given the recent findings, housing advocates say it is crucial that the state restore funding for the education of students with unstable homes.

"We’ve got this exploding population, but yet districts don’t have sufficient resources to adequately serve them," said Patricia Nix-Hodes, associate director of the law project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 25, 2013

Voices For Illinois Children Discusses Quinn's Proposed Budget, Offers Revenue Solutions

With a little more than a month remaining in the spring legislative session in Springfield, advocates for Illinois children say it's important to understand the factors driving the state's fiscal year 2014 budget debate and what can be done to help avoid damaging cuts to education and other critical programs.

David Lloyd, senior policy analyst with the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, told advocates on a web conference call this week that maintaining funding for their priorities depends on a sustainable state budget that raises necessary revenues.

“These are difficult choices, but I think eventually the math wins," Lloyd said. "Without additional revenues to pay the liabilities such as pensions and Medicaid, Illinois will be forced to cut other programs. There’s just no other way around it."

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Apr 2, 2013

Local Advocacy Groups Call For Restoration Of State Homeless Student Education Funds

Given the potential record-breaking number of schools closing in Chicago and a recent report showing an increased number of homeless students in Illinois, anti-homeless advocates say it’s more important than ever for the state to restore funding for the education of students with unstable homes.