Springfield, IL...State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) has been appointed as one of four legislators to serve on the education advocacy Illinois P-20 Council. Established by law in 2009, the Council seeks to improve the state’s system for a quality education from birth through adulthood.
“I welcome this opportunity to collaborate with state agencies, education institutions and organizations, employers, and community leaders to further the education and skill competencies of our citizens,” Pritchard said. “For Illinois to stay competitive, our workers must have a sound education foundation and the latest job skills required by employers.”
The P-20 Council has the ambitious goal of increasing by 50 percent the proportion of Illinoisans with certificates and education degrees beyond high school in the next 9 years. Today, only about 41 percent of the state's nearly 7 million working-age adults hold at least a two-year certificate or college degree and that needs to increase to 60 percent.
“This Council is looking at all the aspects of our educational and human support systems to ensure that the required education is achievable for all people across the State,” Pritchard continued. “If we are serious about building our economy and creating more good paying jobs, we must make a highly educated work force a top priority in Illinois.”
Representative Pritchard’s appointment was made Monday by House Leader Jim Durkin and follows another appointed last week to sit on the newly formed School Funding Reform Commission. Pritchard is a leader for education issues in the legislature and serves on numerous House Education Committees. His background includes serving as a K-12 school board member and on a university commission to reform adult education.