Political Reports

Thanks to Board of Ed

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) I am pleased that the members of the Chicago Board of Education agreed with our community and with me that it makes no sense to deny Canter Middle School seventh graders the chance to finish their 8th grade year in place. Closing the school now would have meant(…)

Keep Canter open

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The Chicago Board of Education will soon make decisions about school closures, decisions that will disrupt communities and displace large numbers of students. One can only hope that the board’s decisions will be made with care and caution. One can only hope that dislocated students will find themselves(…)

We should delay Canter closure

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4th) I attended the public meeting held Monday, April 8, 2013 to listen to the concerns of the Canter School community. I wanted to hear from the community so that I could, as alderman, amplify those concerns to the Chicago Board of Education. I have worked to save many of the(…)

Reconsidering Canter closure

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Editor’s note: This column was originally published on the Herald website. I share the concern voiced by many in the community about the Chicago Board of Education’s preliminary decision to close Canter Middle School. In terms of becoming the first choice for area middle-schoolers, Canter did not completely(…)

Canter deserves another look

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) As a lifelong Hyde Park resident and parent, I am keenly concerned by the decision to close Canter Middle School, the product of a community vision for our neighborhood’s middle school students. It is not my place as a state legislator to micromanage the affairs of any school district,(…)

Health care for all a step closer

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13th) During the White House tenure of my predecessor in this senate seat, our nation has finally begun moving the ball forward on health care access for all. Last week, the Illinois senate voted to expand our Medicaid program, using federal dollars to extend eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinoisans. Like(…)

Local response to gun violence

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) In the face of unspeakable tragedies like the massacre of teachers and schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, we all experience a desire to honor the dead, assist the survivors and protect our own children. And when we recall that acts of senseless violence take place every day on the streets(…)

On immigration and schools

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) Like so many Americans, I am a child of immigrants. My parents left Haiti to pursue a better life here in Chicago. They eked out a piece of the American dream for me, and they used their talents to give back to their new home. I understand the positive(…)