Superintendent’s Blog


Superintendent’s Blog: USD #116 Statement About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration took steps to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. In light of this decision, we want to be clear in stating our opposition. We support the DACA policy because it provides protections for some of our most vulnerable students in […]

Dreamers Welcome at USD #116

Superintendent’s Blog: It’s about lots of things …

Superintendent's Blog: Urbana Tiger Pride Dr. Owen presented his Superintendent’s Report at the August 22, 2017 Business Meeting of the Urbana School District #116 Board of Education. He posted several of his reports, about the 2017 Eclipse, school funding and the status of SB 1, and a surprise visitor to […]


Superintendent’s Blog: USD116 Statement about the recent events in Charlottesville, VA

Urbana School District #116 and the district’s Racial Equity Leadership Team issue the following statement about the recent events in Charlottesville, VA: In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, we take this time to reaffirm our stance and commitment to racial equity in Urbana School District 116. On […]


Superintendent’s Blog: The Disappointing State (of IL) of Public School Funding – August 2017 Edition 1

Superintendent's Blog: The Disappointing State (of IL) of Public School Funding – August 2017 Edition Article X of The Illinois State Constitution declares that, “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.”  Illinois holds the dubious distinction of having the most inequitable and regressive funding […]