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Bertino-Tarrant wants more accountability for the State Superintendent of Education

senatefloorSPRINGFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) passed legislation today that would require the Illinois Senate to approve the State Superintendent of Education.

The State Superintendent of Education is the chief education officer in the state and serves as the State Board of Education’s chief executive officer.

Though members of the State Board of Education have to be confirmed by the Senate, the State Superintendent of Education does not have to be confirmed.

Bertino-Tarrant wants that to change.

“My legislation is about transparency and accountability,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “A Senate confirmation process would give the Senate an opportunity to learn about the qualifications, experience and philosophy of the state official making the day-to-day decisions about our local schools.”

Senate Bill 1505 now moves to the Illinois House.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education (Chairperson); Insurance; Labor; Licensed Activities (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.

Associated Representatives:
Mark Batinick
Natalie A. Manley