News that the Illinois House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Bill 363, which calls for creating a state committee to set standards for school closings, repairs and construction.
Don Moore of Designs for Change sent out this press release:
MAJOR STATE LEGISLATION TO DETERMINE PRIORITIES FOR SCHOOL REPAIRS, SCHOOL CLOSINGS, AND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IN CHICAGO PASSES STATE HOUSE 118-0
CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 4, 2009 - State Representative Cynthia Soto responded to the concerns of parents, Local School Councils, and teachers in her district and the rest of Chicago, by leading a successful campaign to set standards for a fair school facilities policy for the city.
After a 118 to 0 victory in the State House today, Soto's Chicago School Facilities bill (House Bill 363) moves on to the State Senate. Chicago is one of the few large cities that has refused to adopt a meaningful process and set of standards for determining a range of school facilities issues that are addressed by Rep. Soto's bill, which include "school openings, closings, consolidations, turnarounds, phase-outs, construction, repairs, modernizations, boundary changes, and other related school facilities issues in Chicago."