Dr. Michelle Mangan recounts her involvement in Illinois school funding discussions through her work in educational research, teaching school finance, and testifying in the Urban League school funding litigation. She also took a leading role in Illinois task forces studying the issue of equity and adequacy. She testified before Legislative Committees on the issue, and both served and was chair of the Professional Review Panel on School Funding. Her experience as a parent of children in the public schools gave her further insight into the issues. Dr. Mangan discusses the new Evidence Based Model of funding, its philosophy in comparison to other funding models, and the 27 categories found in creating adequate funding. The initiative led to the successful passage of Senate Bill 1947 in 2017.