Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez spoke this week at a rally with charter school advocates, proclaiming her support for all public schools.

“I will fight the fight to make sure that there are adequate dollars going to everyone,” Martinez said. “It’s about equity, and charter schools should not be treated any less than what they are – a public institution.”

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools was at the Capitol today in support of Senate Joint Resolution 64. The resolution, which Martinez cosponsors, calls for a task force to be established to examine charter public schools facilities issues.

You can view Martinez’s full remarks below.

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Students and teachers from dozens of Illinois schools came to the Capitol today to show lawmakers how they are using technology in their schools as part of the TECH 2018 event.

Since 1990, students and teachers have set up displays to show off their classroom projects and demonstrate how technology is the enabling tool of the modern learning environment. The schools facilitate access to tools and resources that promote accountability, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Students then plan and develop what they will present and demonstrate at TECH day.

Senator Martinez welcomed students from Carl Von Linne Elementary who completed a project on creative app design.

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04242018CM0869 rCHICAGO — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed a measure yesterday that makes all qualified applicants eligible for professional licenses, regardless of their immigration status.

A federal law passed in 1996 makes non-citizens ineligible for state-issued professional licenses, but allows individual states to pass legislation granting licenses to non-citizens.

“Immigrants contribute to our state by working hard and paying taxes,” Martinez said. “If someone wants to further their career by becoming a licensed professional, we need to do all we can to support that.”

The legislation deletes a provision in the Pharmacy Practice Act that requires an individual to submit evidence that they are a United States citizen or legally admitted immigrant before receiving a license. It also requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to allow an applicant to use a taxpayer identification number as an alternative to a Social Security number.

Senate Bill 3109 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now heads to the House for consideration.

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If you have any questions, please contact my office at 773 278-2020.

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