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Follow Florida, Illinois think-tank suggests



There's a debate over vouchers going on in Illinois, as a Chicago lawmaker seeks better education options for low-income children in his district.

Collin Hitt of the Illinois Policy Institute suggests that if advocates for change are serious, they need to look at Florida's reform efforts.

"Without bold policy changes, Illinois will continue to fail students whose only opportunity for success in life is the education they receive in our schools," Hitt writes in a column for the State Journal-Register. "Florida now does a better job than any state in teaching its low-income youngsters how to read, and thus provides a road map for Illinois. Anyone serious in improving the lives of our state’s poor and minority children should follow it."

Matthew Ladner of Arizona's Goldwater Institute has been on this bandwagon for a while, and many state GOP leaders (including Indiana and Oklahoma) have brought Jeb Bush in to offer advice, which they're increasingly taking. Apparently, we can add Illinois to the list. Is the Florida model destined to become the U.S. model? Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 6:23am]


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