Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has announced via Facebook that Maine East High School will be the first stop on his upcoming Learning Tour.
In January, Governor Rauner announced a video contest and invited schools from across the state to submit videos demonstrating the ways in which they engage in innovative learning. More than than 100 schools submitted video invitations to the governor, with Governor Rauner and his staff narrowing the entries to five finalists last week. The governor posted the five videos to his Facebook page and conducted an online vote. The governor announced Monday that more than 9,000 people had cast votes, with Maine East's video coming out in first place
“Perhaps no public school in Illinois or the nation better exemplifies the tremendous work being done in our schools to serve every student, regardless of their station in life, to become the very best version of themselves," said Dr. Ken Wallace, Maine 207 Superintendent. "Public education is a cornerstone of democracy, and Maine East High School, with over 50 languages spoken in the homes of our students is a shining example of what public education can and should be for every student in the state and in the country. We are proud of the innovative work being done by faculty, staff and students to improve the lives of our students in every possible way. We are very honored to have Governor Bruce Rauner visit one of America’s great diverse public high schools.”
In announcing the video contest, Governor Rauner invited schools to submit videos that “center around the unique ways Illinois students are learning either inside or outside of their classrooms.” He characterized the tour as a way way to “highlight the hard work and creativity of our teachers and students.”
“I get requests to visit schools both in person and on my social media pages, and I thought a Learning Tour would be a fun way to connect with the students of Illinois,” Governor Rauner said. “We all need to put children and education first. It’s the most important thing we can do as a community.”
Details of the visit will be announced as they are finalized.