Jessica Handy

Guest Blogger

Government Affairs Director, Stand For Children Illinois

Springfield, Illinios

Jessica grew up in Springfield, Illinois and continues to live and work in the capitol city with her teenage daughter. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and History at Millikin University, spending a semester in the Dominican Republic teaching English to middle school girls. Jessica completed the Illinois Legislative Scholars Internship Program as a research intern at the bipartisan Legislative Research Unit, and then joined the Illinois Senate Democratic Staff in 2005, serving in a variety of capacities before becoming the Policy and Budget Analyst for the Education and Pensions committees. She is active in the Parent Teacher Organization at her child’s high school and recently began serving as a volunteer income tax preparer at the Center for Economic Progress. As the Government Affairs Director with Stand for Children, Jessica works with parents, legislators and other education stakeholders to advocate for education policy that puts children first and helps close the achievement gap.

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Posted Sep. 21, 2015

No, Our Kids Aren’t Dumber—Our Standards Are Just Higher

The results are in…sort of. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the initial statewide results of the PARCC tests…

By Jessica Handy

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Posted Mar. 9, 2015

It’s Go Time for PARCC

After five years under development, the PARCC test finally debuted in Illinois this week. School districts will give one portion…

By Jessica Handy

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

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By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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