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Letter: The importance of education

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 9:15 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 9:19 p.m. CDT

It’s that time of year; students of all ages are headed back to school.

Today, eight out of 10 Illinois jobs require some education or training beyond high school. As employment opportunities evolve, the opportunities made available to students for a quality education and career training must progress, as well.

It is important, now more than ever, that we assure students graduate high school giving them the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education or other training.

By fostering a quality educational system, we give our students the skills necessary to be competitive in the workforce today, in turn attracting new businesses to our area. 

Specifically, studies show participation in an early childhood education program increases the chance students will succeed academically throughout life. Investing in early childhood education provides students with a solid base upon which to build their success. By continuing to support education funding at all levels, as well as new technical training facilities, we can assure our students have access to the education they need to succeed in today’s employment market.

Kate Cloonen

D-Kankankee, state representative for the 79th House District

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