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Mautino backs measure to enhance educator voices

SPRINGFIELD — Working with leaders of the education community to modernize school oversight, state Rep. Frank Mautino is sponsoring legislation to include actively-working educators on the Illinois State Board of Education.

“A high-quality education is a ticket to a successful future,” Mautino said. “The value of investing in public schools has been demonstrated time and again, and it is important that we make those investments wisely.”

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is composed of eight members and a chairperson appointed by the governor, of whom three serve as at-large members, and two each representing Cook County, the collar counties and downstate areas. Typically, some board members are former educators, and at the present time, members include former administrators and school board members, but Mautino believes those currently working in schools throughout the state should have a voice on the board.

Under Senate Bill 1506 which Mautino is sponsoring, three members of ISBE, one from Cook County, one from the collar counties and one from downstate, would also currently be employed as educators. The legislation is an initiative of the Vision 20/20 policy agenda, a set of proposed legislative measures developed by a coalition of educator-driven professional associations seeking to improve learning outcomes in Illinois. Vision 20/20 members include the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and Illinois Association of School Boards.

“By changing the composition of the state board to include educators currently working in schools, we will increase the responsiveness of ISBE to new curricular trends and best practices,” Mautino added. “Students deserve the best we can offer, and by bringing in experts that are working directly with pupils we will help improve schools in Illinois for the better.”

Senate Bill 1506 awaits assignment to a House committee for consideration by lawmakers.

Mautino represents Illinois’ 76th Representative District, which includes all or portions of Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston and Putnam counties.

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