A state task force stops by Rockford to see if its polices are helping students stay in school.
The focus was alternative education programs and whether they're successfully keeping kids from skipping school or getting expelled. Principals of area schools, like the Regional Learning Academy, shared performance statistics. Teachers and parents also gave their input. But one member of the task force, Director of At Risk Student Services Harold Sweeney, says progress ultimately comes down to funding. Sweeney says, "we're not able to serve all the students that we should be serving in the area due to continued funding cuts from the State of Illinois."
Before coming to Rockford, the task force also stopped by Carbondale and Springfield. Leaders say they'll use what they 've heard across the state to help make future policy recommendations.
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