Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Illinois—The New Leader in Education Reform?
Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Illinois—The New Leader in Education Reform?

July 13, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm

About This Event

Teacher effectiveness—the number one in-school factor determining student learning—is critical to education reform. In January 2010 the Illinois State Legislature passed a significant education reform law tying educators’ evaluations to improvements in student achievement (the Performance Evaluation Reform Act). Last month the legislature passed Senate Bill 7, incorporating performance into personnel decisions to ensure the most effective teachers are placed and remain in the classroom. S.B. 7 represents a bipartisan legislative package negotiated by legislators, the State Board of Education, education reform groups, teachers’ unions, and school management. This is an encouraging example of unions collaborating with management to support changes in teacher tenure, dismissal, layoffs, and strikes.

Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation of the process and collaboration involved in creating this major education reform legislation with key stakeholders. Discussants will consider implications and applications for federal policy. We will launch the conversation with a case study of the evolution and enactment of S.B. 7 by Elliot Regenstein, and will also release a new publication by Saul Rubinstein and John McCarthy on how six public school systems instituted reforms through union-management collaboration.


Elliot Regenstein, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC

Featured stakeholders:

Senator Kimberly Lightford, Illinois State Legislature

Audrey Soglin, Executive Director, Illinois Education Association

Jonathan Furr, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Darren Reisberg, Deputy Superintendent & General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education


John Luczak, Education Program Manager, the Joyce Foundation

Featured discussants:

Brad Jupp, Senior Program Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Education

Michele McLaughlin, Senior Education Policy Advisor, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee


Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress


RSVP for this event For more information, call 202-682-1611


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