It has been my practice over the last eight years to periodically share information and perspectives during key stages of the annual state budget process. We reached such a stage last week, and I am taking this opportunity to share what we know at this point. While information about this year’s fiscal debate has been plentiful – dominating headlines and news broadcasts for many months – definitive analysis of potential NIU impact has been much more difficult to come by. Gubernatorial and legislative action taken last week has sharpened that focus enough to provide a snapshot of what we expect in the weeks and months ahead.
The flashing red light in the distance should have appeared closer as Paul Carpenter pedaled nearer and nearer on his bicycle.
But it did not.
Or at least it seemed that way to the 49-year-old Carpenter, struggling through the final 30 miles of the 1,044-mile Race Across the West.
The curator of NIU’s Blackwell History of Education Museum was a presenter at the annual conference of the Country School Association of America.