Get mobilized for better education funding in Illinois

August 24, 2009 at 11:22 am 5 comments

If I haven’t mentioned it enough times, Illinois ranks #49 out of 50 states in the % of funding that our state throws in for education (the rest made up from local tax dollars.)  Only Las Vegas ranks behind us, which seems somehow shameful due to the sleazy nature of the state (I say that in a complimentary way) although that probably isn’t actually relevant in any way, shape, or form.

I have no idea WHY we’re so low on this list.  I believe an education-oriented governer would help change things.   Blago DID get us the free preK for all, but there needs to be a major re-thinking about how to funding education in our state.

If you want to get in on the converstation, there’s an upcoming meeting worth attending:

To mark the back-to-school season, Ravenswood Community Services (RCS) is sponsoring “An Education Conversation: A Community Forum to Explore Solutions to the Illinois Education-Funding Crisis” on Sunday afternoon, August 30, from 2 – 4 p.m. The forum will take place in the parish hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1757 W. Wilson Avenue (Wilson and Hermitage). All community members are invited to attend and participate.

Panelists include:
– Heather Steans,7th district state senator and vice chair of the Education Committee
– Greg Harris, 13th district state representative and chair of the Youth and Family Committee
– Robin Steans, Executive Director of Advance Illinois
– Xian Barrett, Julian High School teacher and recently named Education Fellow by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

The panel will be moderated by Cornelia Grumman, executive director of the First Five Years Fund, former education writer on the editorial board at the Chicago Tribune and a neighborhood mom who sends her son to public school.

If you have children or an interest in education in Illinois, this promises to be an enlightening and productive afternoon.

Sunday, August 30
2 p.m. – 4. p.m.
1757 W. Wilson (Wilson and Hermitage)

Questions? Call Ravenswood Community Services at 773-769-0282.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  August 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    So, for those who are still wondering, we just got “The Call” regarding admission for our daughter into a Magnet school. It was quite unexpected, as she was number 14 on the wait list. So, the calls ARE still coming.

  • 2. To Mom  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Afriend of mine just told me she got the call on Friday ! Yes, the calls are still coming!!!!!!!!!!! Pray and keep the faith to all who are still waiting.

  • 3. cpsobsessed  |  August 25, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    OK, I realize I just called Las Vegas a state. Nevada. Duh.

  • 4. Lou  |  August 26, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Heather Steans send her kids to Parker.

  • 5. cpsobsessed  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Heh, that’s good. I think most politicians do.
    I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt since she seems to be speaking up for better funding. Many people in private schools don’t give a crap about the public system since it’s not their problem.

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