ED-RED was established in the fall of 1971 by seven north suburban high school districts and has expanded to include 13 high school districts, 64 elementary school districts, 2 unit districts, 2 Special Education Cooperatives and 3 Intermediate Service Centers in Cook and Lake Counties. Legislatively, ED-RED’s area includes all or part of 19 of the present 59 Senate districts and 30 of the 118 House districts.


ED-RED has an Executive Board of twelve district administrators and board members.


Our Mission

An essential voice advocating for the diverse needs of suburban public schools.


We Believe

  • In a comprehensive education system supporting life-long learning.
  • It is the responsibility of public education to support all aspects of student learning.
  • A local school district must have the ability to make educational and fiscal decisions appropriate for its school community.
  • The State must provide adequate financial support for all public schools.
    • Funding for public schools must be stable, reliable, and predictable.
    • The State must fully fund the additional costs for programs that support special education and at-risk students.
    • All state mandates should be fully funded.

“The voice of suburban school districts”


Meet the ED-RED Staff