Understanding Illinois: Illinois Must Upgrade Education

NowlanBy James D. Nowlan
and J. Thomas Johnson
Outside Columnists

Illinois’s achievement in education is mired in the middle of the states. If Illinois were to make a major commitment to transforming how we educate our children, we would send the world a strong signal that we were serious about fixing our state.

Illinois enrolls more than three million students from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate education, almost one in four of our residents, and spends more than $30 billion, or four percent of gross state product, on the enterprise.

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