Area legislators to lead hearing on schools’ COVID response

Senate Education Committee Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Pat McGuire will lead the third joint Senate committee hearing tomorrow on the topic of COVID-19 response in schools and school funding.

“Illinois is committed to ensuring that every student receives a quality education, regardless of ZIP code. However, whether a family is afflicted with COVID-19 is greatly influenced by ZIP code. We’ve got to figure out how to untangle this,” said McGuire (D-Joliet).

“We need to ensure all of Illinois’ children receive the opportunity to be successful, especially during this awful pandemic,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to hearing from advocates and experts to devise a strategy to improve educational outcomes and learning experiences for students across the state.”

The hearing is the latest in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ agenda-building series of hearings, tackling the topics of education, economic access, criminal justice, and health care.

“I am deeply concerned for the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the already troubling achievement gap that exists. We need to be equipped with the proper data to ensure we are making the right decisions to keep students on track,” said Kimberly Lightford, Senate Majority Leader and ILBC Chair (D-Chicago). “That effort will directly tie into school funding and making sure school districts have the resources to address the inequities exacerbated by our current crisis.”

People can submit written witness testimony online at:

To watch the virtual Senate committee, visit and click, “Watch Live Virtual Committee Video.” The link will be available at 12 p.m.

Local,City: Joliet,Region: Joliet,Region: South Suburbs

via The Times Weekly stories: Joliet

September 30, 2020 at 06:11AM

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