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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why Congressman Davis came to UIS today

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) chose UIS as the host site for his first meeting with an advisory board of elementary and high school superintendents, principals, board members and teachers in his 13th District. About thirty of them were here for a candid conversation about issues of importance to them, and Davis emphasized a need for the federal government to be flexible so that decisions can be made at the local level.

Then he conducted his second meeting with leaders of higher education institutions in his district, including public and private universities and community colleges. These leaders asked Davis to push for summer Pell grants, for relief on the rising costs of student insurance, and for procedures that would make it easier for students and their families to file annual FAFSA forms. Davis and the educational leaders are concerned about increasing challenges to make college more affordable.

Congressman Davis with his Elementary and Secondary Education Advisory Board in University Hall at UIS 

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