05302018CM0015 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Senate voted today to pass a bipartisan, balanced budget that includes full funding for K-12 schools, higher education and programs like immigrant services and welcoming centers:  

“This budget is the result of responsible, bipartisan negotiations, and it takes care of the citizens who need us most,” Martinez said. “I urge my colleagues in the House to approve it and for Governor Rauner to sign it.”

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05292018CM0979 rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of the Senate yesterday expanding the Grow Your Own Teacher initiative, a program designed to train people to become teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

The measure extends eligibility for the program to high school students enrolled at dual-credit courses at participating colleges and universities and to all pre-K teachers, not just those teaching at public schools.

“We have a great need for teachers in our state, especially in early childhood education,” Martinez said. “If we have people willing to teach, especially in low-income areas, we should help them.”

The Grow Your Own Teacher initiative provides financial, academic and emotional support to people studying to become teachers. After graduation, participants commit to teaching at least five years at a high-needs school or in a high-needs teaching position, usually at schools with a high percentage of low-income students.

House Bill 4882 passed both the House and the Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk.  



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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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