3225419 ml rSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez’s measure expanding the ability of schools and future teachers to participate in the Grow Your Own Teacher program became law today.

The Grow Your Own Teacher initiative is a program designed to train people to become teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

“Illinois is dealing with a teacher shortage, so we need to do all that we can to place dedicated teachers in schools,” Martinez (D-Chicago) said. “We especially must work to ensure students at schools that are traditionally hard to staff, like those in low-incomes areas, have the same access to quality education as anyone else.”

The new law will expand the definition of "eligible school" and "hard-to-staff" schools for the initiative to include early childhood programs in which no less than 40 percent of the children it serves are receiving subsidized care under the Department of Human Services' Child Care Assistance Program.

It will also extend eligibility for participation in the initiative to high school students enrolled in a dual credit course at a participating institution of higher education.

House Bill 35 is effective immediately.

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SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement today as thousands continue to protest Puerto Rico’s governor after leaked text messages uncovered crude, sexist and homophobic remarks made by him and others:

“I’m truly disappointed in the disparaging remarks made by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello and his allies towards females, members of the LGBTQ community and our beloved island, among other things.

“Let’s be clear, sexist and homophobic slurs don’t have a place in our public discourse and only belittle the positions we’re elected to serve. Our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters are angry, disappointed and feel disrespected by their government, and these feelings shouldn’t be ignored.

“Puerto Rico has had many challenges in the past few years, and this situation greatly distracts from the social and economic problems that are facing the island today. I am asking Governor Rossello to put the well-being of Puerto Rico first and consider what is best to restore the joy, optimism and love our people are known for. Governor Rossello, listen to your people and do the right thing.”


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SCOTUSSPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that there cannot be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census:


“I am glad the Supreme Court acted in the best interest of all Americans by ruling against the Trump administration’s citizenship question. The proposed question was intended to frighten immigrants and discourage them from participating in the census, when full participation is vital to ensuring states get adequate representation in Congress and federal funding. The census is intended to be a full count of everyone residing in the United States, not a tool that the current president can use to further intimidate and terrorize immigrants.”

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