Redefining Ready, new outlook for Peoria Public Schools

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Redefining Ready.

The latest effort by Peoria Public Schools to insure students are ready for their next phase of life.

Rebecca Brumfield was at Wednesday morning’s State of the Schools and explains how PPS is making education personalized.

On paper, numbers only grasp so much of the picture. 

Attached to those percentages are kids and lives being influenced in a positive direction thanks to those in the Peoria Public school district. 

“Since Dr. Kherat came back we’re seeing magnificent results,” says Mayor Jim Ardis. “A lot of challenges like most urban districts have. We really feel confident in the direction our public schools are going.”

Wednesday morning, community and influential leaders gathered to hear the latest from the Peoria Public school district. 

Met with positivity, Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says their efforts are based on encouraging personalized education. 

“I believe that when things are personalized and we’re able to provide choice and get kids on a learning path that is really connected to their passion and interest then graduation rates will go up, discipline will go down,” says Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin- Kherat.

PPS has achieved many things this year from having the Wraparound Center in Trewyn schools, to the new $1.1 million dollar Trauma Recovery Center to open at Manual Academy.  

“As a district, we are doing some intentional work to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Dr. Kherat. “Redefining Ready Work is how we are rethinking what it means to be ready for life beyond high school.”

Since 2015, Peoria Public School scores have increased on all components, playing right into Dr. Kherat’s goal of making education personalized. 

Dr. Kherat says 80% of the district’s revenue comes from local taxes and state aid.

PPS has received a $2.5 million dollar increase in state aid this year; however, the school will only see an increase of $300,000 dollars due to losses in other revenues.

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