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The Prospects, Hopes and Failures of Educational Achievement at K-12

Event Date and Time: 

November 2, 2021 - 12:30pm

Event Location: 
Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Avenue Ida B. Wells Lounge
Chicago , IL

The Herb H. Franks Endowed Seminar in Political Science:
The Prospects, Hopes and Failures of Educational Achievement at K-12

Introduced by: Ralph Martire, Arthur Rubloff Endowed Professor of Public Policy, Roosevelt University, and Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

The data make one thing abundantly clear: educational attainment directly correlates to economic viability in the modern world. Which means that, to realize the American Dream, every student must receive a high-quality K-12 education that equips them with the literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills needed to succeed at the postsecondary level. Unfortunately, the nation generally and Illinois specifically have historically failed to provide a high-quality public education to most low-income and minority students. That, however, is beginning to change.

As part of the American Dreams Reconsidered Conference at Roosevelt University, this panel will discuss recent reforms in education finance and policy that have passed in Illinois, which specifically redress inequitable educational practices of the past that run the gamut from resource allocation to structural racism, as well as how federal educational policy could be reformed to help ensure every student receives a quality public education, irrespective of race, ethnicity, income, or social status. The American Dreams Reconsidered Conference runs from November 1 - 4, 2021.  This session is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.  REGISTER HERE

Kimberly A. Lightford, Illinois State Senator
Mike Honda, Former U.S. Representative from California
Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Illinois State Senator

Ameshia Cross, Political analyst; political contributor for BNC news; and national education policy consultant