Peoria Public Schools is drafting a letter to congratulate the nation’s next leader of public education.
Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says she anticipated the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.
Dr. Kherat says the district relies on federal funding for about 15% of its budget, so the lack of a state budget is a bigger concern, as state dollars account for about 1/3 of the budget.
Going forward, Dr. Kherat is confident the district’s 5-year strategic plan will continue to guide Peoria Schools.
“Really what I will ask is not to hurt public education, not to pull resources out of districts that are in need of federal funding, but in fact to support us to help us provide high quality for each and every kid,” Dr. Kherat explained. “Public education cannot be simplified to vouchers and charter schools so, again, while she’s confirmed, she’s the individual that we have to work with and I will be happy to advocate on behalf of Peoria Public Schools.”
Dr. Kherat encourages concerned teachers and parents to join the district in advocating for public education.