Bertino Tarrant2016cPLAINFIELD – State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to WBEZ report that hundreds of Chicago public schools collectively need more than $3 billion in repairs, include structural maintenance for leaky roofs, unreliable boilers and decaying windows that have been made worse throughout the years as critical needs have been deferred:

“The management of the CPS system creates a quandary. The City of Chicago continues to push for local control but fails to prove that their unique school board leadership is a true representation of its community’s wants and needs.

“There is a balance that the administration needs to remember when making decisions that addresses the need for new technology contrasted to the fundamental health and safety needs of our children.  The priority should remain that our children spend time learning in structurally safe buildings that promote an excellent learning environment.

“If local leadership cannot make decisions in the best interest of our students, it may be time for the state to step in.”

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