RTHS, RCS adopt Vision 20/20 plan

RANTOUL — Both the Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools boards of education adopted the new educational reform plan for Illinois known as Vision 20/20.

The plan is the first of its kind because it has been created with input from every major state-recognized education association in Illinois. Those creating the plan include the Statewide School Management Alliance — which consists of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Business Officials and the Illinois Principals Association — along with the teachers’ unions.

“All of these organizations are working together for the first time,” RCS Superintendent Michelle Ramage said. “The most unbelievable part of it is that no matter what the zip code is — whether they’re up north or way down south — everybody was involved in this reform proposal and agreed the most important thing is access to quality education.”

RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio said he read through the entire plan, which is quite lengthy, and “really liked” what he saw.

“It’s not just ‘We need this thing or this general item,’ like we’ve seen in the past,” he said. “What they’ve done is breaking up the plan in to four areas.

To honor each one of those, they have very specific things they want.”

Those categories are:

- Shared accountability

- Allow current educators representation on the Illinois State Board of Education

- Adopt a differentiated accountability model

- Distinguish between essential and discretionary regulations

- Allow districts to opt out of mandates and regulations

- 21st Century learning

- Align social and emotional standards

- Support student creativity and innovation

- Engage parents, family and community

- Develop a balanced state assessment system

- Offer incentives for expanding preschool and full-day kindergarten education

- Promote partnerships with post-secondary institutions

- Encourage career exploration

- Provide high-speed Internet connectivity to every school and community

- Incorporate technology in state learning standards

- Highly effective educators

- Create educator licensure reciprocity agreements

- Expand alternative teaching licensure programs

- Provide teacher student loan forgiveness

- Establish partnerships with higher education

- Fully funded mentoring for new educators

- Expand educator collaboration opportunities

- Enhance ROE/ISC’s ability to function as regional centers for professional learning and innovation

- Equitable and adequate funding

- Adopt an evidence-based funding model

- Enhance state spending

- Restructure state revenues to match the 21st century economy

- Create a two-year funding cycle with year ahead budgeting

Both boards passed the measure unanimously.



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