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Collins questions CPS on sexual abuse allegations against staff

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 04:43 PM

collins 042418SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) joined members of the Illinois Senate Education Committee in a public hearing in Chicago to question Chicago Public Schools representatives in the wake of reports that allege faculty and staff have permitted a culture of sexual harassment and abuse against students for years.

CPS CEO Janice Jackson was not present at the hearing at the Bilandic Building Wednesday.

“Dr. Jackson’s absence today is inexplicable. The CPS witnesses were not the decision makers and they failed to answer many of the more detailed questions required to discern negligence,” Collins said. “The Chicago Public Schools system is a public entity, accountable to the public. We should have heard from the CEO today.”

Collins called for the hearing after an in-depth report by the Chicago Tribune detailing a lax background check policy which allowed the hiring of teachers with red flags in their histories and allegations by dozens of students against faculty and staff within the school system across a 10-year period. She has called for a study into what mandatory reporting laws are already on the books and how and why personnel have allegedly failed to comply with them.

“I don't think apologies are enough,” Collins said, addressing Morgan Aranda, 22, a former student of Walter Payton College Prep who testified to the committee about her experiences while she was a student. “I think we already have laws on the books that were violated. What’s to say once the media spotlight is off the issue, we won't be confronted with the same issue? If we're all in this endeavor to protect our children, this has been a systemic failure by all adults.”

Van Pelt on governor’s claims: I have my doubts

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:15 PM

vanpelt 062018CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago reacted to Governor Bruce Rauner’s assertion yesterday that he has done more for Black community than any other governor, including Black-owned businesses, education and human services program. Sen. Van Pelt released the following statement:

“I would like to hope the governor is projecting future efforts to improve his record in working with the Black community. But since past performance is the best predictor of future actions, I have my doubts.

“I would like to see the governor put Illinois on the right side of history by refusing to send Illinois National Guard troops to the US border. We should take no part in the president’s human rights debacle, tearing families apart without justice, and the governor can make that statement on behalf of our state.”

Sandoval to Trump: Reunite parents with children immediately

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 11:38 AM

sandoval 062018CHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) has urged President Donald Trump to bring an immediate end to the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border.

“There’s no other way to say it: This policy is horrifying,” Sandoval said. “These people come to the United States of America seeking asylum in what is supposed to be a land of opportunity and they have their children ripped from their arms. This has to stop.”

Sandoval, the son of Mexican immigrants, has spent much of the summer speaking at graduations from the elementary to high school level.

Jones: Governor falsely claims support of black community

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 04:03 PM

jones 012918CHICAGO – State Senator Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) is issuing a response to misleading claims made by the governor during his Juneteenth remarks today.

Gov. Bruce Rauner touted helping the black community, especially black businesses. Rauner has actually largely ignored black-owned businesses during his term.

“I was disgusted by the governor’s claims that he’s been a pillar within the black community, when in reality, he’s done various things that have in fact hurt our people,” said Jones.

Some areas that have suffered under Gov. Rauner include:

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