Forum on public schools
Updated: September 20, 2011 3:17PM
The League of Women Voters, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview and Winnetka/Northfield/Kenilworth chapters are jointly sponsoring a forum to address discuss the role of the federal government in public education and other questions related to equity in public school funding, early childhood funding, and national education achievement standards from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 26. The program and discussion are free and open to the public, and will be held at the New Trier Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Road, Building C, room 234, Northfield.
The forum supports a national study currently in process by the United States League of Women Voters to develop a position addressing the role of the federal government in public education. The League, a non-partisan political organization, will use the position reached from this study to speak out on federal education legislation dealing with this controversial subject.
This forum seeks to open the public discussion on changes being discussed for public schools across the nation at a time when Congress is considering the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which includes the No Child Left Behind Act, (NCLB).
The featured speakers will include Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Martire serves on the United States Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. He will address funding and equity issues.
Madelyn James, project director of the Great at Eight Initiative, Voices for Illinois Children. She will address funding and equity for early childhood education.
A third speaker, TBA, will address national common core standards and assessments.
For more information, contact Barbara Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 729-7493; or Jane Ballengee at email@example.com, or (847) 204-5266.