I am a product of the Illinois public school system. My father…
I am a product of the Illinois public school system. My father was a public school history teacher for 40 years. I know first-hand the joys and rewards teachers experience while nurturing students and the difficulties they encounter every day.
I have two young daughters in the public school system. I share the anxiety parents feel about their children’s future. As parents, we will do anything to make sure our children get the education they need to compete in today’s economy. Without a quality education the next generation is at risk of being worse off, not better off, than ourselves.
We worry about our property taxes increasing while we see stagnant test scores. We see unfunded state mandates, which I have always voted against, forced on our local schools robbing precious education dollars from the classroom.
It’s time we take a look at our education system from top to bottom. I have a plan, a “Best in Class Education” plan, which identifies numerous areas of improvement and proposals to get us there.
“Best in Class Education” develops an equitable and strong education system that guarantees all kids have access to a quality education. Jil Tracy and I do not accept the fact that on average fifty percent of Illinois children don’t meet standards.
Jil and I know that great schools mean great businesses – they go hand-in-hand. It is crucial that our job creators have an educated and motivated talent pool as they build the 21st century workforce here in Illinois.
In Illinois, we just don’t compete with states in the Midwest, we compete with countries around the world. We are exporting too many Illinois students and jobs. We need to create an economic environment where our businesses can grow, and expand here at home.
We want the next generation to find great jobs here in Illinois so we have a 15 minute drive to see our grandchildren and not a 15 hour drive.