Why Illinois might be a model for education reform


“We jumped a major hurdle in passing this, and we’re extremely excited about it, but there’s a major challenge ahead in getting this implemented in all 869 districts and explaining what this is all about,” said Reisberg.

Soglin agreed.

“I do believe that we need that same kind of collaborative effort now in looking towards implementing this in the spirit and intent that it was created,” she said.

Regardless, the example that the drafting partnership sets for other states and even the national government cannot be overlooked.

“It’s really great to hear a story like this in such great detail, because it’s complicated stuff. We sit here in Washington, D.C., watching argument after argument, and it seems like there can never be any bipartisan agreement,” said Brown.

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Brad Jupp, senior program advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Education, was also impressed by the endeavor.

“We’re heartened and optimistic by not only Illinois’ example but the examples of other states, where you’ve seen these powerful efforts to create improvements in student performance and quality of teaching,” Jupp said. “I think that there’s a final lesson, which is there is so much more to be gotten done when you can get together.”

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