Lillian Acker graduated from the Loyola University of Chicago with a master’s degree in bilingual education. Acker is a retired teacher, having taught in Illinois and Ohio. Acker spent many years as a union representative in her schools, and she started the Central Ohio ESL Consortium to make English as a second language curriculum uniform in her surrounding districts and schools. She was also the President of Ohio TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) .
Acker does not support voucher expansion, and believes public schools need to be fully funded without the diversion of funds to charter or private schools .
Acker believes that critical race theory, the teaching of racism and its history and the US, should be introduced and taught in K-12, and that more LGBTQ+ education material is required .
Acker believes that teachers should only be individuals who have completed their schooling and been awarded appropriate educational degrees from accredited colleges and universities .
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