Addressing the results of public education funding in schools in the region
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) — An area lawmaker reveals concerning statistics at a forum in Loves Park Thursday about the academic performance of students in Rockford Public School District 205.
Wirepoints, an organization that assesses Illinois’ economy and government, hosted the forum. He says he studied education statistics from the Illinois State Board of Education and the US Census Bureau.
Republican State Rep. Joe Sosnowski says Wirepoints’ statistics are startling. Research indicates that less than 20% of Rockford Public Schools eighth graders read at grade level or above. Only 60% of first-year students at RPS are on track to graduate.
“We have disparities in the way we do. Low low reading score, but we’re spending more and more money on traditional public education,” says Rep. Sosnowski. “The performance we’re seeing not just in the Rockford area, but across the state, we’re falling behind, especially when it comes to basic skills like reading fluency, we’re not tracking.”
This data comes from the fact that nearly 95% of teachers are rated as excellent or competent. Sosnowski says one way to continue his studies at Rockford is to reduce the power of the unions. But Democrats disagree.
“With this change in the school funding formula over the past two years, I think in the years to come we are going to see improvement and more opportunities for students at all levels to improve and develop. ‘get the education they need,’ the state senator said. Steve Stadelman
Senator Stadelman argues that we need better pay for teachers so they can give students the attention they need.
“I think the parents think the teachers are doing a good job. I think they feel like they need more resources in the classroom. They need more help to ensure students have resources. Educating students is a very difficult task,” says Senator Stadelman.
Senator Stadelman says the Invest in Kids program, which helps more students access private schools, has been renewed. He believes that support for this program from both sides should not fail.
Rep. Sosnowski adds that he wants to give parents better access to resources such as scholarships to enroll their children in the colleges of their choice.
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