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 May 13, 2019

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My formerly illiterate fourth-grade son is now an eighth-grader at The Windward School for Children with Dyslexia, where he learned to read. Next year, he…

By Debbie Meyer

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Posted May 15, 2019

I Have Stage IV Lung Cancer But I Couldn’t Imagine Not Being in the Classroom

I always thought I’d be a professional baseball player. It was everything that ever mattered to me—even if I couldn’t play, I knew I wanted…

By Stephen Huff

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Posted May 15, 2019

How My Charter School Helped Me Get a Diploma, Job and Start College After Incarceration

I’m 36 years old. For roughly 15 years of my life, I struggled with an addiction to meth. My addiction throughout those years had several…

By Joshua Michael Baker

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