Under a new law sponsored by Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, parents will have access to a newly designed school report that will show them how their child's school is performing in three key areas – student outcomes, student progress, and school environment – beginning in 2013. The legislation was recently signed into law by Governor Quinn.
Senator Lightford gave the following statement at the ceremony: "Parents have a right to know how their child's school is performing. It's also important for us to be able to track vital information about student progress so that we can determine what policies and practices are working and how we can do better."
To read more about the bill signing, visit Senator Lightford's website
Assistant Majority Leader
Years served: 1998 - Present (Senate)
Committee assignments: Assignments; Executive; Education (Vice-Chairperson); Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Committee of the Whole; Subcommittee on Special Issues (EX); Subcommittee on Charter Schools (Sub-Chairperson); Advisory Committee On Ed. Funding; Executive Appointments.
Biography: Full-time senator; B.A. in communications, Western Illinois University; M.A. in public administration, University of Illinois Springfield; village of Maywood trustee; employee for Secretary of State, Department of Corrections and Central Management Services; longtime champion in the Senate for education, working families and women's issues; lives in Maywood with her son, Isaiah.
Associated Representative(s): Emanuel Chris Welch, La Shawn K. Ford