Kali Skiles
Teaching Policy Fellow
Illinois

“My students deserve more than what they currently get and the next funding model must represent that. It is imperative for Illinois' policymakers to acknowledge this and act accordingly.”

Round Lake, Illinois teacher Kali Skiles’ advocacy began with one powerful opinion piece. After Kali published an op-ed in the Daily Herald explaining why the state needs to fix its broken funding formula, her district reallocated resources to her classroom and she received book donations for her students. Kali then invited her state Rep. Sam Yingling to visit her class to learn more about Illinois’ inequitable funding.  After the visit, the Daily Herald ran an editorial urging lawmakers to fix the formula.  Kali pressed on with her advocacy effort, appearing on PBS Chicago Tonight with Fellows Bill Curtin and Ashley McCall to explain why she so strongly supports funding reform.