Illinois Education Secretary
Purvis to join national nonprofit
Rauner lauds tireless advocacy for
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[September 12, 2017]
Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis will be leaving the Office of
the Governor on Friday, Sept. 15. Dr. Purvis will be joining a
national nonprofit organization where she will oversee educational
“Beth has been a tireless advocate for Illinois children and
families,” Gov. Rauner said. “We are deeply grateful for her
Dr. Purvis co-chaired the governor’s education transition
subcommittee, where she first announced the state’s goal of ensuring
Illinois children, regardless of zip code, have access to
high-quality programs from cradle-to-career.
During the past two-and-a-half years, Dr. Purvis worked with
leadership of the 17 state agencies that oversee educational
programing, chaired the P20 Council, co-chaired the Early Learning
Council and chaired the Illinois School Funding Commission in order
to deliver on the governor’s promise of a “children first”
“It has been a privilege for me to work with Governor Rauner and his
team,” Dr. Purvis said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished and
know that his administration will continue to ensure that Illinois
children have access to high quality programs that will prepare them
to be engaged community members with meaningful and rewarding
Emily Bastedo, who has served on the governor’s legal team and as
the First Lady’s chief of staff, recently was promoted to senior
adviser to the governor and will assume oversight of the governor’s
education policy team. An attorney, Bastedo has been a member of the
governor’s senior team for the past two years and has worked closely
with Dr. Purvis in preparation for this transition.
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Education Transformation Initiatives 2015-2017
Under Gov. Rauner’s leadership, the state of Illinois is poised to
provide improved outcomes for children and youth. A few of his
The Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth
created a strategic vision for education and health and human
services by bringing together all state entities that interact
with children into a central unit. It will ensure Illinois
children are getting the resources they need and deserve, while
expediting true reforms that will transform our education system
to ensure a bright future for our students.
Through the Every Student Succeeds Act, Illinois
will have one of the most rigorous student accountability plans
in the country based on student academic growth measures.
Since 2015, through a Strategic Partnerships with
Education Superhighway, an additional 336,489 students in 150
school districts upgraded to the minimum bandwidth required for
the use of 21st century technology.
The new school funding formula acknowledges that
it takes more money to educate children who live in
under-resourced communities and guarantees that new state
dollars are distributed equitably.”
State funding of PK-12 schools has increased by
more than $1 billion dollars over the past three years, ensuring
that we no longer will be ranked last in state support of public
Charter school parents no longer will have to
fight for equitable funding for their children.
Parents who believe that a private or religious
school is the best fit for their son or daughter but have
limited personal resources will have access to scholarships
through a tax-credit program.
School administrators and school boards will have
flexibility and relief from unfunded mandates.
[Office of the Governor Bruce Rauner]