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State Board of Education


The State Board consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. Board members serve four-year terms, with State Board membership limited to two consecutive terms.

The board sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education. It analyzes the aims, needs and requirements of education and recommends legislation to the General Assembly and Governor for the benefit of the more than 2 million school children in Illinois.

State Superintendent
Tony Smith, Ph.D.
Tony Smith, Ph.D.
State Superintendent
Illinois State Board of Education Members
James T. Meeks
James T. Meeks
Board Chair
Chicago
Steven R. Gilford
Steven R. Gilford
Board Vice Chair
Evanston
Melinda A. LaBarre

Melinda A. LaBarre
Secretary
Springfield


Curt Bradshaw
Naperville

Lula Ford
Chicago

Craig Lindvahl
Effingham

Eligio Cerda Pimentel
Oak Park

John W. Sanders
Marion
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