June 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
A bipartisan education reform group issued recommendations Friday for what it calls radical reform of the state's education system. The details were unveiled Friday morning at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The group is called "Advance Illinois." It's co-chaired by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and former commerce secretary Bill Daley. US secretary of education and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan was among the speakers.
The plan has three main areas: recruit, develop and empower the most effective educators. set world class expectations and provide essential supports. and empower local innovation in exchange for accountability and results.
Duncan praised the group's efforts.
"I think this Advance Illinois partnership is exactly the type of thing we need around the country," said Duncan.
Outside, members of CORE protested Duncan's appearance. They say they are against his Chicago School Turnaround and charter school policies. They don't want to see them spread across the nation.