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Vision 20/20 partners announce plan to fulfill promise of public education

Illinois Vision 20/20 was officially launched on Nov. 21 at the IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO Joint Annual Conference.

Vision 20/20 is the product of a two-year partnership among the IASB, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, and the Superintendent’s Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity.

Through the Vision 20/20 process, four areas for prioritization emerged: highly effective educators, 21 st century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding. Insiders refer to this as the four pillars of the process.

Members of the coalition said there is no clear dollar amount on the cost to implement all of their ideas. But some of their ideas, such as including current educators on the Illinois State Board of Education or creating teacher licensure reciprocity agreements with surrounding states, could be done without incurring any costs for the state.

After a series of events to unveil the plan held last month in Chicago and this month at regional meetings throughout the state, members of the coalition said they hope to bring more associations and education groups on board and to see movement on some of their ideas in the Illinois legislature during the spring legislative session.

“We want to get their [lawmakers’] constituents saying to them, ‘Why aren’t you listening to what educators say about education?’” said IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy. “This is a crossroads. ... We have to, as educators, take back the future of public education,” he said.

Illinois Association of School Administrators Executive Director Brent Clark agreed, directing strong criticism at two state funding concerns for schools: “the current emphasis on what money is available from the state as opposed to what amount is needed for schools; and a budget timeline that forces districts to make budgetary decisions without knowing how much state funding they’ll receive.”

He said the latter concern forces administrators to make blind cuts to positions and programs before they know what their funding will be. “No business with any sense would operate that way,” Clark said.

Executives from all six partner organizations were on hand at conference to show a video that launched the initiative to more than 1,500 school leaders.

For the lastest information and resources, visit the Illinois Vision 20/20 website.

Vision 2020 Link

Related Documents:

Vision 20/20 Policy Brief

Vision 20/20 Executive Summary