Welcome to the College of Education’s specialissue of The Statewide Standard focusing onthe topic of education reform. As you make yourway through the issue, I hope that you—the voice ofalumni and friends of education—consider contributing to the dialogue on education that is taking place in our nation’s capitol and in our own backyards. I you believe that school should be a place where every child is welcomed, valued, and successful then now is the time to join forces with capable and compassionate others who, like you, fearlessly challenge the issues of inequality that exists today in public schools across the nation.
At Illinois State, we believe that democracy in public school education is our mission. And, Realizing the Democratic Ideal is the framework for how we will get there. This framework was built upon our deeply held belief that all children can learn and embodies the commitment of our institution and its graduates to serving each and every child in the schools of  this great state and nation.. Read more of the Statewide Standard