ELGIN – Elgin’s U-46 school board is set to discuss the creation of a specialized math and science charter school at its meeting Monday night. The district’s Charter School Evaluation Committee has been reviewing the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School’s proposal.

 

The proposal has raised concerns ranging from conflicts with possible sites for the school to compliance issues with state law and the financial burden of opening a new, exclusive school.

 

“Residents have already received at an almost 10 percent property tax hike this year. What’s worse is that their children wouldn’t be offered transportation to the school,” State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) said.

 

Based on the current proposal, only students living in Elgin would be provided school-funded transportation. Children accepted to the school who live outside the city limits would need to find their own way to school every day.

 

“I am in favor of a having a thoughtful discussion about this issue. Nonetheless, these costs would further unfairly raise taxes on residents in my district who already disproportionately fund the district – without affording them the full benefits of this school,” Cullerton said.

Illinois veterans with permanent disabilities will have an easier time renewing their parking placards under a plan waiting for approval by the governor.

I introduced Senate Bill 3255 to remove the requirement that veteran's with permanent disabilities must show proof of their disability every four years when reapplying for handicapped parking placards.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and I spoke with ABC 7 about this plan. Here is a link to the interview that aired yesterday.

http://abc7chicago.com/society/disabled-parking-placard-bill-awaits-gov-quinns-signature/114512/

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) spoke about financial education and empowerment as part of an Econ Illinois panel forum on Tuesday.

 

“Financial literacy needs to be a priority from a young age. We are failing our students if we teach them calculus but not budgeting.” Cullerton said.

 

Econ Illinois, the Illinois Council on Economic Education, is a public-private partnership that focuses on expanding K-12 economics education.

 

The council is made up of leaders in business, labor, agriculture, education, and government. It is supported by some public funds and many business partners – most notably: Capitol One, BMO Harris Bank, Bank of America, HSBC-North America and Caterpillar.

 

The forum was held at the University Club of Chicago. Cullerton sat on the panel with business leaders and educators.

 

“Some of the first legal documents 18-year-olds sign are student loan applications. We need to make sure they know how interest rates and payment schedules work to avoid future financial problems,” Cullerton said.

 

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) hosted four successful town hall meetings throughout DuPage County this week.

 “These open, engaging meetings are one of my favorite ways of hearing the concerns of people in our district. We had great turnout and I look forward to hosting more outreach events throughout the summer,” Cullerton said.

 Cullerton discussed property and income taxes, O’Hare Airport noise issues and concerns over public employee pensions at the meetings in Glendale Heights, Villa Park, Itasca and Hanover Park.

 

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 State Senator Tom Cullerton speaks to audiences at his town hall meetings at the Itasca Village Hall on

                          Wednesday and the Hanover Park Community Room on Thursday.

 

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