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State senator and school officials talk with IVCC students

Posted by wlpo on April 13, 2010

With area schools cutting staff, some education students at Illinois Valley Community College are wondering if they’re pursuing the right career.  Should I go into teaching was one of the questions students in Tina Hardie’s Intro to Education class had for a panel of education officials Monday.

Longtime LP High School board member and retired IVCC instructor Rose Marie Lynch advised students not to go into teaching because they think they’ll get a job, but because it’s what they want to do for the next 40 years.

Another student wanted to know if they thought changes should be made to No Child Left Behind.  Jim Carlson with the Regional Office of Education says absolutely.  He says he doesn’t think one test on one day is a good way to measure a district or school’s performance.

State Senator Gary Dahl gave students his opinion on the situation with state funding.  He thinks Governor Pat Quinn picked education because it creates a fire storm.  He doesn’t think it will be cut as severely as the governor is saying.

About 40 students listened to the panel.  Another group of students will hear a similar panel Wednesday.

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