Here's a description of the contents and timeline for deliberation of the Soto bill from Don Moore, Designs For Change:
"Representative Cynthia Soto
(4th Legislative District) recently introduced a major state
legislation- House Bill 363. The proposed law would (1) place
a one-year moratorium on school closings, turnarounds, phaseouts, and
consolidations; (2) establish a Joint School Facilities Subcommittee
consisting of 3 members from both the State House and State Senate Education
Committees; and (3) institute an equitable process for school openings,
closings, repairs, turnarounds, phaseouts, and consolidations with wide
community involvement, which would be in effect once the moratorium
For more ideas and events related to Soto's legislation, click below.
It's up for some sort of a vote tomorrow. I'm not sure it has anything
of a chance -- my sense is not -- but perhaps it leads to some sort of
slowdown or reconsideration next week?
The Illinois House
Elementary and Secondary Education Committee will vote on House Bill
363 at 8am on Thursday, February 19th. Lobby the committee members
in Springfield this Wednesday, Feb. 18. If you need more information
OR WANT TO GO TO SPRINGFIELD, call Don Moore of Designs for Change at
312-236-7252 (ext. 236) or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The House Committee
Members must get hundreds of calls telling them to support House Bill
363. Attached is a list of the Committee Members, along with their
local office and Springfield phone numbers. Call them at their home
offices on Tuesday and at their Springfield offices on Wednesday.
Attached are a few key “talking points” to keep in mind as you contact
Call your House
representative and ask them to support House Bill 363. If you do not
know who your representative is, go to www.civicfootprint.org. Enter your address to see all
of your elected officials.
CTU is organizing
“visits” to area offices and is sending targeted e-mails to their
members with information about contacting their representatives.
has identified the following 5 key people to target. Contact these
senators and representatives and ask for their support of House Bill
363: Senator John Cullerton,
President of the Senate. Hamilton, which is in his district, is
slated to close. Call 773-883-0770 (Chicago) or 217-782-2728 (Springfield). Senator James Meeks,
Chair of Senate Education Committee. Call 708-862-4745 (Chicago)
or 217-782-8066 (Springfield). State Representative
Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House. Call 773-581-8000 (Chicago)
or 217-782-5350 (Springfield). State Representative
Barbara Flynn Currie, House Majority Leader. South Chicago, which
is in her district, is slated to close. Call 773-677-0550 (Chicago)
or 217-782-8121 (Springfield). State Representative
Harry Osterman, Member of the House Elementary and Secondary Education
Committee. Call 773-784-2002 (Chicago) or 217-782-8088 (Springfield).
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