Educational Advocacy Committee

The Educational Advocacy Committee (EAC) is associated with the North Central Regional Betterment Coalition (NCRBC). The EAC began with a few NCRBC members with a special interest in the educational opportunities in our three county (Bureau, LaSalle, and Putnam) area.

A primary initial concern of NCRBC is the “brain drain” in which many of our local youth leave the area. Often this begins with their leaving home to attend college. Often, they then find jobs in other areas with more substantial employment opportunities for college educated people. The NCRBC is dealing with some of the problems related to job opportunities and community enhancements for university and community college graduates.

A primary focus of the EAC is enhancing the learning opportunities for people in our area. We seek to support the continuous improvement of the educational performance for the schools in our area. Data indicate that many of our local schools’ performance are running at the midpoint of the Illinois School system. Illinois schools are lagging behind the performance of a majority of the states in this country. The United States performance has started to lag other industrialized countries in the world. The hope is that improvement in the educational system will stimulate economic development in the future and in turn eventually eliminate the flux of talented young people leaving the area.

The EAC is focusing on enabling broad community input, feedback, and support for our schools. Initial groundwork has focused on a study group for data collection and identification of strengths and weaknesses of our local educational programs. A larger group of additional participants is in the process of becoming involved.

The EAC has divided into subcommittees. Click here to learn more about them and their objectives.

Networking is a prime objective of the EAC. We have several organizations outside of our community with which we communicate. The networking of various community members and local organizations concerned with the educational opportunities for our youth and other citizens in our area is one of our major goals.

For further information and to get involved please reach us at NCRBC.

Meeting Minutes:
July 1, 2009
October 21, 2009
January 27, 2010
April 29, 2010
August 31, 2010
November 8, 2010
May 12, 2011
September 12, 2011
January 23, 2012

Resource links:

Incentivizing Educational Ingenuity
Advance Illinois
Bureau/Henry/Stark ROE
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Valley Community College
Interactive Illinois Report Card
LaSalle Regional Office of Education
Marshall/Putnam/Woodford ROE
State of Working Illinois

Publication resources:

Low-Wage Employment in Illinois
Illinois Workers in Crisis
Highlights of the 40th PDK/Gallup Poll
2007 Education Criteria for Performance Excellence
Tapping America's Potential The Education for Innovation Initiative
Keeping Our Edge: Americans Speak On Education & Competitiveness (PDF)
Keeping Our Edge: Americans Speak On Education & Competitiveness (PowerPoint)
Globalization in Illinois
Ready for the Real World? Americans Speak on High School Reform
Filling the Labor Pipeline
What Does Data Do