Members of the Illinois State Board of Education were on the learning end of the equation during a retreat this week in Springfield.
Jeremy Anderson, president of Denver-based Education Commission of the States, brought a pep talk as well as some horror stories.
“I remember two states where we said, do you have college- and career-ready standards?” Anderson said. “The higher ed officials said no. The governor's office said no. The chief state school officer said, yes, the board passed those three years ago. This highlights how difficult it is to bring the leaders in a state around common education goals and move them.”
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Anderson said neither being more efficient nor spending more money necessarily lead to better results. Rev. James Meeks, the ISBE chairman, said, don't worry. “We're not spending more money. We're not even at 2010 levels."