Reboot Our Schools

Pension reform. Education reform. Common core standards. Budget cuts. As we start a new school year in Illinois the most important priority is probably the least discussed: The children in our public school systems, according to Dr. Brent Clark, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of the public school children in Illinois met or exceeded the standards for all standardized tests last year. That’s a 28% improvement compared to the 60% that passed in 2002, according to the Illinois Interactive Report Card.

Public education never has been more challenging given the deep budget cuts in our state that have included an 11% decrease in General State Aid and a 42% cut in transportation funding. Illinois is dead last in state support for public education.

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