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District Supports Vision 20/20 Initiative

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Board Approves Policy Resolution

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Widespread support is growing for an initiative that could forever change how policymakers and government leaders approach public education in Illinois. For the first time in history and through the leadership of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, statewide educational leadership organizations have developed a detailed vision for the future of the education of our children in Illinois. Vision 20/20: Fulfilling the Promise of Education, includes four pillars or areas of focus, including highly effective educators, 21st century learning, shared accountability, and equitable and adequate funding.

Here is a link to the detailed Vision 20/20 Policy Brief, which outlines in considerable detail the four pillars of this comprehensive reform initiative. For the shorter version, here is a link to the Vision 20/20 Executive Summary. Earlier this year, the Peru Elementary School District 124 Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution supporting this initiative.

I had the pleasure of representing the IASA Starved Rock Region on the statewide Vision 20/20 Committee. IASA also collaborated with the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and several other organizations to "unite the education community and to develop a long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois."

Whatever your political views, there is no question that we cannot just continue to oppose costly "reforms" and other misguided attempts at taking away local control. Rather, we must be proactive and stand up for our local schools and how we educate our children. You will be hearing more about this, and I strongly encourage you to read through some of these documents and familiarize yourself with the conversations we are having.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all, and thank you for your support of or children and our schools!

Mark R. Cross, Superintendent

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Peru Elementary District 124 1800 Church Street Peru, IL  61354
Phone: 815-223-0486 FAX: 815-223-0490

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