Concordia-Chicago research professor tapped by Illinois officials seeking solutions to state education funding crisis

August, 2016 ‑- Michelle Turner Mangan, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Concordia-Chicago department of research, is in the spotlight for her role in developing the “Evidence-Based Model for School Finance Adequacy in Illinois.” Illinois currently faces the largest education funding gap in the U.S. and state leaders are turning toward evidence-based approaches for strategies to address the crisis.

Mangan, who led a state-level bipartisan task force from 2008-10, appeared before the Governor’s Illinois School Funding Reform Commission on August 16, 2016 to present her research, a front-runner among approaches being considered by the commission.

A crew from WTTW-Channel 11’s visited the Concordia-Chicago campus on July 25 to film an interview of Dr. Mangan by ChicagoTonight host Brandis Friedman, and an August 22nd phone interview with WTTW’s education reporter Matt Masterson which led to a Chicago Tonight print article that appeared on August 23.

“This is a very exciting time,” Dr. Mangan reports, “not only for school finance nerds, but for the K-12 students in our state who could benefit from this reform.”


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