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 June 19, 2018

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get…

By Julien Broomfield

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Posted June 19, 2018

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Wait Until Summer to Get Professional Development

The end of the school year is always my favorite time. With standardized assessments finished, it’s my time to finally breathe, slow down to reflect…

By Brian Lane Stanley

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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