Last Friday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) unveiled the second draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. ISBE is hosting a third round of listening tours to gather input on the latest draft of the State Plan. As you recall, ISBE already hosted listening tours in the spring. This current round of listening tours allows you to voice input on specific portions of the State Plan.
ISBE still has the opportunity to strengthen the State Plan by adding more references to important early learning provisions. Your participation is necessary to ensure early learning is a central element of the State Plan, which is expected to be fully implemented by the 2017–2018 school year.
Eight meetings are scheduled throughout the state beginning on Monday, November 28, through Thursday, December 8.
Below is a full list of the listening sessions, all occurring from 5–7pm:
Monday, November 28
Thursday, December 1
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
We've put together some talking points, which we hope will help you prepare any personal remarks or written comments.
In addition, ISBE released resources including plan highlights, FAQs and a soon to be released reader's guide. If you can't attend the meetings, email your comments to ISBE. Comments are due by December 27.
Please contact us if you have questions.