portal-ilIllinois public schools represent a broad set of student and school needs. The state is home to the second largest public school district in the country and nearly 300 districts with fewer than 600 students, and a rapidly increasing population of English learner students. With a growing early learning investment and the development of a new state system of supports for schools and districts, state policy makers and stakeholders are working together in new ways to address funding, equity, and performance gaps in the state with a collaborative, innovative approach. Partners for has a strong network of advocate and government partners in the state, including a critical relationship with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).