The state of education in Illinois, a live panel conversation | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
On a brand-new Teachers’ Lounge Podcast, a LIVE state of education panel recorded in Springfield, Illinois at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association’s spring conference.
You can think of this episode as a guide to some of the most important issues in education in Illinois. We cover everything from staff shortages, education funding, school curriculum changes, and state legislation that impacts students.
We were lucky enough to be joined in the conversation by two professors from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. Cara Gutzmer, an instructor and the director of school and community experiences, and Paul Bruno, assistant professor of education policy. We were also joined by a fellow education reporter: Samantha Smylie, state education reporter at Chalkbeat Chicago!
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