03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD- Research shows that providing children under the age of five with a high value education yields major long-term benefits.

To research and implement innovative policies to ease children’s transition from preschool to kindergarten, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was selected to serve on the Illinois General Assembly’s Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee.

“The investments we make in our children during their formative years sets the foundation for their educational success,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The transition between early childhood education and kindergarten is crucial. It’s important that our school systems are maximizing every learning opportunity to ensure our children are set up on a trajectory of success.”

Bertino-Tarrant sponsored House Joint Resolution 24 that created the advisory council. A member from each legislative chamber was selected to participate. The bipartisan committee must submit a report to the governor and General Assembly by September 29, 2018.

Before joining the state senate, Bertino-Tarrant was an educator and passionate education advocate. She believes her background will give the council a unique perspective to help create a beneficial report to generate vital educational strategies and proposals.    

“One of the most important investments Illinois makes is in educating our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The goal of the bipartisan committee is to work together to strengthen our education system to guarantee the children of Illinois are given the best possible educational experiences.”

The advisory committee held their first monthly meeting this week.

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05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD—Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law today.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need.”

Will County saw a record number of heroin related-deaths in 2016, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year. According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses in 2016.

The new law would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

“This new website will get information and important resources to the families and people who need them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

Bertino-Tarrant has actively tried to combat addiction-related problems in her district. She served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district.

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

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05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD — On Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override the governor's veto of the school funding reform legislation that would bring nearly $15 million to area schools. Senator Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement in regards to the action taken:

“An immediate splurge of dollars seems tempting to rule out the validity of SB 1. However, long term outcomes of the amendatory veto will erode the years of work and lead to larger problems. The education funding bill is the most significant reform in over 20 years—reform that will bring certainty to school funding, as well as fair funding for our students.”

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Photo 3PLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant issued the following statement in response to the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1:

“After years of work, the children of Illinois are at risk of not seeing any state funding because of the governor’s veto. I am disappointed that the governor would ignore the numerous education organizations that gave their professional input to help improve our inequitable system. I will continue to work towards finding a solution that ensures fair and full funding for schools throughout the 49th District.

“The plan the governor vetoed would ensure every child is given an equal shot at a quality education. This would be a commitment from the state to provide a long term solution to a problem that has plagued our schools for decades.”

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