10202017 Manar Gill Cits Club Bfast 550

Senator Andy Manar was a panelist at an Oct. 20 Citizens Club of Springfield discussion about the status of school funding reform in Illinois.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who spearheaded legislative efforts to enact the Illinois' first school funding overhaul in more than 20 years, was joined by Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill and Ball-Chatham Superintendent Douglas Wood.

Manar updated the audience on the status of implementing the new school funding law and offered a look back at the more than four-year effort to pass the major reform, reflecting that for him it became "very much an exercise in listening" to other people, including colleagues in the Legislature, to experts in education policy and to parents and taxpayers in communities statewide.

Manar said he intends to turn his attention next to the teacher shortage that is affecting communities throughout Illinois, a situation he described as a "full-fledged crisis."

10092017 Manar North Mac 350VIRDEN – Senator Andy Manar visited North Mac Elementary School recently as principal for the day.

Principal for a day visits, coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association, offer state lawmakers the opportunity to spend time with students and school administrators to learn more about day-to-day operations, the challenges school districts face and the successes they’ve experienced.

Manar’s visit to North Mac Elementary included pop-in visits to classrooms, where he read with students or learned about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, math) projects they’d been working on.

Manar Nokomis School VisitNOKOMIS – Senator Andy Manar visited Nokomis North Elementary School this month as principal for the day.

Principal for a day visits, coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association, offer state lawmakers the opportunity to spend time with students and school administrators to learn more about day-to-day operations, the challenges school districts face and the successes they’ve experienced.

Manar’s visit to Nokomis North on Nov. 6 included a tour of the school and spending time with students in Cheryl Bennett’s fourth-grade classroom.

Photo included: Pictured are Senator Manar with teacher Cheryl Bennett and fourth-graders at Nokomis North Elementary School.

11072017 Manar Nelson 350Taylorville High School senior Noah Nelson joined Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol in Springfield as his page for the day.

Nelson visited the Capitol Nov. 7 during the second week of the General Assembly’s fall veto session. He is the son of Ed and Teresa Nelson of Taylorville.

 

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