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Morris high school supports state Vision 20/20 program

Halloran looks foward to school funding discussion

MORRIS – Morris Community High School is supporting the Illinois Vision 20/20 initiative to improve public education.

The school board passed a resolution of support at its regular meeting last week.

According to the Vision 20/20 website, illinoisvision2020.org, multiple education organizations in the state have partnered to develop a “long-range blueprint for improving public education in Illinois.”

Morris High School Superintendent Pat Halloran said last week the combined effort will look at four pillars – shared accountability, 21st century learning, highly effective educators, and equitable and adequate funding.

“I’m happy to have the board support on the resolution,” Halloran said. “It’s important to show support, it’s important to get behind the effort.”

Vision 20/20 was developed by the Illinois Association of School Administrators in partnership with the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity, and the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools. The goal is summarized in its tagline: “Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education.”

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, who serves on the Senate’s Education Committee as well as its Education Funding Advisory Committee, said she has meetings planned with educators in her district in the upcoming weeks to discuss Vision 20/20.

“One of our top priorities is funding education,” Rezin said. “I’ve spent the last year and a half on the EFAC committee looking at what other states do and what works and what doesn’t.”

She said she is a big proponent of local schools and that the districts are the experts, so having input from the districts will be a good thing.

“Far too often in Springfield legislation is created without the input of our school districts, creating unfunded mandates,” Rezin said.

Halloran said there are so many unfunded mandates thrown at the districts, and Vision 20/20 will ask that those mandates stop.

“School funding needs to be addressed,” Halloran said. “Adequate funding needs to be solved first.”

Halloran said he was hopeful after hearing new Gov. Bruce Rauner mention it in his inauguration speech.

Other area school districts also are scheduled to discuss resolutions of support, including Seneca Township High School District on Tuesday, according to its agenda.

Wilmington School District, and Dwight school districts have already approved supporting the program.

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