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March 26, 2010


Former state senator, long-time education leader to discuss efforts to meld
K-12 and higher education in common pursuits

SPRINGFIELD – Miguel del Valle, the City Clerk of Chicago and a renowned leader in Illinois education for three decades, will highlight the April meeting of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Del Valle, a leading education advocate when he was in the state Senate, will discuss the plans of the nascent P-20 Council to connect the full spectrum of education policymaking, from preschool (P) to grad school (20), in common goals and initiatives.

The Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6th, at Harold Washington College in Chicago.

“We are delighted to have Miguel del Valle lead the Board in a conversation about critical efforts to improve a variety of key policy areas,” Carrie J. Hightman, Chairwoman of the Board, said, “from teacher preparation to student readiness, from issues of access and affordability to questions of accountability. Senator del Valle has a long and distinguished career in working to strengthen student performance and institutional quality at all levels of education in Illinois.”

Hightman noted that much of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success involves P-20 issues, including goals to enhance college attainment, eliminate the achievement gap affecting ethnic and racial minorities, increase the number of adult students earning a college credential, improve access to college, and make a college degree more affordable. “Illinois is fortunate to have a leader with such vast experience and such an impressive record of accomplishment to be at the helm of this vitally important Council that will play a significant role in implementing key objectives of the Illinois Public Agenda,” Hightman said.

The P-20 Council was created by passage of House Bill 1648, approved by the 95th General Assembly in 2007. Governor Quinn named del Valle to chair the Council and its other members last fall. The Council has a broad-based membership, including business and labor leaders, representatives from all levels of P-20 spectrum, legislators, and other stakeholders.

Del Valle was the first Hispanic elected to the state Senate and served for 20 years, chairing the Senate Education Committee and serving on the Higher Education Committee. He cofounded the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and founded the Illinois Latino Advisory Council on Higher Education. He currently serves on the board of directors of Advance Illinois, a nonprofit education reform organization. After being appointed as Chicago City Clerk by Mayor Daley in December 2006, del Valle won election to the post in February 2007.



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