A new year has rolled in, and with it, a new legislative session. Last week Wednesday, the 101st Legislative Session kicked off with the House and Senate inauguration events. It was a nice ceremony to celebrate the new and returning lawmakers – but now it’s time for them to get to work for the sake of Illinois students.
Too many hurdles stand in the way of success for Illinois high school students. We outlined a number of them in our Stop Illinois Brain Drain report, as well as solutions for how to prepare and keep talented young people in the state. Things like:
- Open more doors to individualized coursework
- Provide practical workplace experiences
- Modernize the approach for supporting students
- Adequately fund education and spend wisely
I encourage you to check out the full report and dig into some of the details of the recommendations. That way, when the time arrives to tell the legislature to act on behalf of our students, you’ll be ready to make your voice heard.