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    A Framework for Equity in Illinois


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In this NewsletterED Letter | Snapshot of Federal Policy | Snapshot of Illinois Policy | State Policy We're WatchingGet to Know Illinois' Leaders | ILEA Happenings | Upcoming Events | Take Action | Special Thanks Letter from the Executive Director Taken together, SB 815 and HB 3438 mark important steps towards facing and changing the things th...
Senator Kimberly A. Lightford Representative Carol Ammons Chicago, IL - June 1, 2021 Last night the General Assembly took a critical step towards equitable higher education funding by passing SB815, a bill creating the Commission on Equitable Public University Funding. This bill builds on the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus' landmark education bill that passed earlier this year during January's lame duc...
1. What is your current role/title?I serve as the Executive Director of Strategy and Operations within the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. 2. Where did you earn your degrees and what did you study?I have earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washington Univ...
Dear ILEA Partners, In a really difficult year, what has kept us going at PCC is the tireless work being done by all of you across the ILEA network. You have shown incredible resilience as institutions, as leaders, as educators. You have also demonstrated deep commitment to students and your institutional missions. This is apparent in how you ...
May 5, 2021 By Elyssa Cherney - CHICAGO TRIBUNE Enrollment declines at Illinois colleges and universities continue to outpace other states, with community colleges shouldering the brunt of the losses, as the coronavirus pandemic looms over another school year, according to new national and state data. The state's community colleges saw enrollment p...
March 22, 2021 By Elyssa Cherney - CHICAGO TRIBUNE Nearly half of all undergraduate applicants declined to submit ACT or SAT scores to Illinois' largest university during the pandemic-altered admissions cycle — the first time in decades that students could choose whether to share results from the high-stakes exams. Now, the University of Illinois a...
In this NewsletterED Letter | Snapshot of Federal Policy | Snapshot of Illinois Policy | Other States' Bills We're TrackingGet to Know Illinois' Leaders | ILEA Happenings | Upcoming Events | Take Action  Letter from the Executive Director One of the most repeated phrases of the last year is that COVID-19 has laid bare inequities in our society...
IL State Sen. Scott Bennett Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign, a longtime advocate for equity in higher education, was appointed this year to the role of chair of the Senate HIgher Education Committee. Senator Bennett, a Democrat who has served in the legislature since 2015, represents an area that includes University of Illinois, Parkland College, and Danville Area Communit...
Kyle Westbrook, Ph.D. One of the most repeated phrases of the last year is that COVID-19 has laid bare inequities in our society. Those inequities may be news to some but have long been the lived realities of millions of people in the United States and in the state of Illinois. Factors that have become apparent to some (inequitable access to digital resources, the finan...
Dear ILEA Partners, It has been wonderful to see many of your faces on Zoom in February as we conclude our first month of substantial ILEA programming of the new year. While we are grateful for the opportunity provided by virtual events and discussions to continue to engage and move our collective work forward during the pandemic, we miss the oppor...
Lisa Castillo Richmond, PCC Managing Director and Kyle Westbrook, Ph.D., PCC Executive Director | February 18, 2021 This week's budget news represents some cause for relief for higher education — a relatively 'good news' scenario considering the impacts of the pandemic, following increased investments in the sector by way of last year's budget afte...
February 2021 by Tim Anderson - Stateline Midwest This past summer, following the killing of George Floyd, legislators across the country began asking questions about racial justice and disparities in their own states. Among them was Illinois Rep. Carol Ammons, and one of her questions, along with other leaders in her state's Legislative Black Cauc...

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