05072019CM0083RSPLAINFIELD – Illinois’ five-hour classroom time will now ensure students receive a balanced education, thanks to the Senate’s Education Chair Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 28, reinstates a minimum of 5 hours of instruction per day in schools, allowing exemptions for students enrolled in dual career, supervised career development experiences and youth apprenticeships.

This section was repealed in the Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act trailer bill, leaving each school district to determine what counts as an instructional day. The fix was signed into law on Friday

“Utilizing technology in our curriculum helps our children learn better,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In the 21st century, we need to continue to look for ways to incorporate innovative teaching methods to guarantee our children are prepared to compete in the modern world. However, there needs to be clear and concise guidelines in place to ensure students are receiving the best possible educational opportunities.”

Schools that have received approval from Illinois State Board of Education may still utilize e-learning days to satisfy school day requirements.
Bertino-Tarrant is committed to working with ISBE, educators and advocates to create a streamlined process that will allow school districts to utilize e-learning, especially in cases when schools are forced to cancel days in the classroom.

“E-learning is a valuable tool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We just need to make sure there are clear standards in place to prevent abuse of the program.”

Senate Bill 28 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure go into effect on July 1, 2019.

JBT4PLAINFIELD – Women across Illinois will soon have remedies to fight sexual harassment and discrimination in work places, thanks to a measure supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) championed Senate Bill 75, which clarifies the ethics investigation process, including making the process more transparent and giving additional rights to victims of harassment and discrimination who file ethics complaints.

“This monumental legislation is helping shift the culture in the work place,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Stopping sexual harassment and ending discrimination helps provide a safe work environment for everyone.”

The bipartisan measure passed the legislature with unanimous support.

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Bertino-Tarrant invites Will County residents to informative speaker series event


2019 Summer Speaker SeriesRSPLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) hosts her fourth annual three-part Summer Speaker Series to provide support for teens and recent high school graduates in their transition after high school.

The first Speaker Series event, Campus Safety, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library, located at 3395 W. Black Road in Joliet. The discussion will be led by the Lewis University Police Department and will provide tools for safe campus life.

“As our teens and high school graduates head to college, it is imperative that they know how to stay safe,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This informational series will help equip young adults with the tools to promote safe practices.”

Throughout the summer, Bertino-Tarrant will host two additional Summer Speaker Series events entitled “Self-Defense” and “Freshman Year 101”.

If you have questions regarding the speaker series, visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com or call her office at (815) 254-4211.

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Capital construction plan passes with support from McGuire, Bertino-Tarrant

05082019CW0117rSPRINGFIELD — Included in a statewide construction plan that addresses hospitals, schools and roadways will be funding dedicated to repairs ensuring the long-term safety of the I-80 bridge spanning the Des Plaines River. The plan passed with support from State Senators Pat McGuire and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

“We took two giant steps toward safety on I-80 by devoting millions in state funding for needed repairs and by clearing the way for the privately funded Houbolt Road Bridge,” McGuire said.

“Local residents cannot continue to tolerate poor roads and bridges,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It is imperative that the state invest in the I-80 bridge to ensure safety, economic growth and eliminate traffic.”

State inspectors signaled an urgent need to repair the bridge, which conveys traffic across the Des Plaines River in the Joliet area. The bridge scored a 6 out of 100 in an IDOT sufficiency assessment – anything below an 80 is considered deficient.

The bridge work is part of a $45 billion plan that will address roadway and building needs all over the state of Illinois, including at public universities, hospitals, and other travel infrastructure.

The construction plan passed the General Assembly, and awaits the governor’s signature to be enacted.

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