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Legislative Forum urges dialogue

Members of the School Board Legislative Committee will provide a special report during the Board meeting this Monday, Jan. 28, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and takes place in the PDC at Westfield Community School (Algonquin).  They will highlight the results of the D300 Legislative Reception that drew nearly 125 students, parents, staff, legislators, and community leaders this week to Jacobs High School for a spirited discussion on the district’s legislative priorities.  These priorities, and the school district’s position on each issue, are summarized HERE. Photos of the students, parents, and dignitaries digging into these important issues during the public forum Tuesday can be seen HERE.

Legislative boundaries were recently redrawn throughout the state of Illinois, which significantly impacted who now represents the D300 community. An updated map of legislative boundaries within D300 is available HERE.  Legislators from D300 who attended the event included State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-33), State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-66), and State Rep. Keith Farnham (D-43).  Also attending were representatives for State Rep. David McSweeney (R-52) and State Senator Dan Duffy (R-26). 

The reception also attracted State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook), who recently sponsored prominent state legislation on pension reform.  She had learned about D300 through the district’s work at the state capitol on the Sears EDA, and she traveled to D300 this week to ensure that our community understood her proposal to reform the pension system in Illinois. Newspaper coverage of the Legislative Reception can be found HERE.

As one of the district’s legislative priorities this year is truancy, mayors and village officials also attended to discuss an ordinance that would allow local police to ticket students and/or parents if the student is frequently absent (truant) and work through the courts for positive interventions.  The ordinance has already been adopted by Carpentersville, Algonquin and Pingree Grove.  At the legislative forum this week, officials from West Dundee and Sleepy Hollow pledged to bring the ordinance to their village boards for consideration.  That would leave Lake in the Hills, Hampshire, and Gilberts (villages in which D300 schools are located) to decide whether to consider adopting the ordinance.  (Hampshire does have a truancy ordinance in place.  However, it is not aligned with the version in the other villages, and therefore it doesn’t provide the same opportunities for interventions with Hampshire students.)

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