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Program shifts focus toward school funding

May 9 agenda will review the status of education in area

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:32 p.m. CDT

The Community Foundation of Grundy County is holding a May 9 program, “Challenges of the Future: How Illinois Public School Funding Effects College and Career Readiness.”

The program, which seeks to answer questions like “Are Illinois students on track for college and a career?” and “Where does Grundy stack up?,” will be held  at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Morris Community High School auditorium.

At a time when a postsecondary education matters more than ever and jobs increasingly require more than a high school diploma, less than three-fourths of Illinois students who begin high school will graduate.

Fewer still will go on to complete a postsecondary degree. This presentation will not only explain where Illinois stands on the steps toward college and career readiness, as assessed by key educational benchmarks, but also where Grundy county schools fit into that equation.

In addition, Advance Illinois will discuss how Illinois is responding to these challenges and what residents of Grundy County can do to support public education.

The agenda includes a review of “The State We’re In” report; a review of “The County We’re In” report; a look at how Illinois is moving forward; a review of what Grundy County collectively can do; and a question-and-answer session.

Please RSVP to julie@cfgrundycounty.com or 815-941-0852.

A number of reports are available to read in advance at ww.advanceillinois.org.

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