Throughout the years the Forum has helped ensure continued funding for early childhood education. The Forum remains dedicated to understanding how additional resources for bilingual education can result in a quality education for English Learners in Illinois schools. Recently, the Forum staff provided budget testimony to the Illinois State Board of Education, as the upcoming funding cycle approaches, to address these concerns.
The Forum's education team urged ISBE to strongly consider recommendations to fix and foster a more productive approach to early childhood education for English Learners and to address the shortage in bilingual educators. In the Forum’s testimony, an increase to the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) for... Continue Reading