Today, we celebrate and remember the life and the achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was one of the nation’s foremost advocates for racial equality, but even more, he was a champion of the American dream, in its fullest and richest sense.

The American dream is defined by one source as “the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” I wonder today whether Dr. King would recognize the American dream in Illinois.

Our dreams and efforts are towards creating environments in schools that despite the circumstances of birth, every child has the same opportunities as every other. Education is the way that Dr. King’s and the American dream are realized.