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These are Challenging Times for Illinois Public Schools
Illinois advanced landmark reforms in recent years to improve instruction for the 2 million students in public schools. Yet the drain of state resources threatens to derail progress, hamstring academic opportunities and unravel the basic education needed to prepare Illinois students for today’s world. Illinois confronts a financial crisis that threatens its very solvency.
How Illinoisans – whether policymakers or parents, teachers or taxpayers – respond will shape the next generation of students.
Learn more about the funding of education in Illinois and alternatives to proration in Funding Expectations.
Chico and Steans Discuss Illinois’ Educational Challenges
On October 29th Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gerry Chico spoke on preparing students for the challenges of college and career, what the new Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluations mean for Illinois, and how students are impacted by the way Illinois funds its schools.
In a discussion between Chairman Chico and Advance Illinois Executive Director Robin Steans that followed, the two touched upon such topics as how best to prepare students with 21st century skills; Illinois’ new, parent-friendly report card; and the state’s intervention in North Chicago.
The discussion was co-sponsored by Advance Illinois, Gorter Family Foundation, and North Chicago Community Partners, in collaboration with Rosalind Franklin University
Illinois Business Leaders Come Together to Discuss College and Career Readiness
In September 2013, Advance Illinois co-sponsored discussions in Normal and Chicago about the impact of the Common Core State Standards in K-12 education, the opportunities and challenges this initiative presents for students, communities and business, and what civic and business leaders can do to help.
In Bloomington-Normal, Ed Rust, CEO State Farm; Bob Corcoran, President GE Foundation; and Chris Koch, Illinois State Superintendent of Education shared comments and participated in a panel discussion moderated by Advance Illinois Executive Director Robin Steans. In Chicago, Bob Corcoran and Chris Koch were joined by CEO of Chicago Public Schools Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Click here for video coverage of Bloomington-Normal and Chicago presentations.
Education Department Awards $13.3 Million in Grants to Support Principal Development
For Low-Income Students Considering College, a Nudge to Aim High
Opinion: Make Full-Day Kindergarten a Requirement
Kentucky a National Leader in Instituting Common Core Math and Reading Lessons in Classroom
PBS NEWSHOUR Interviews Wallace President Will Miller About Principal Training
Urban schools often face great challenges, low test scores and high dropout rates. Eddie Aruzza of WTTW in Chicago reports on programs that train principals to improve learning despite the odds. Ray Suarez continues the conversation on the importance of principals in troubled schools with Will Miller of the Wallace Foundation.