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New Martinez law seeks to place teachers in low-income classrooms

martinez 042618SPRINGFIELD — A new law passed by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) expands the Grow Your Own Teacher initiative, a program designed to train people to become teachers in hard-to-staff schools.

Under the new law, eligibility for the program is extended to high school students enrolled at dual-credit courses at participating colleges and universities and to all pre-K teachers, not just those teaching at public schools.

“We have a great need for teachers in our state, especially in early childhood education,” Martinez said. “If we have people willing to teach, especially in low-income areas, we should help them.”

The Grow Your Own Teacher initiative provides financial, academic and emotional support to people studying to become teachers. After graduation, participants commit to teaching at least five years at a high-needs school or in a high-needs teaching position, usually at schools with a high percentage of low-income students.

House Bill 4882 takes effect immediately. 

Martinez holds annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair

martinez fair1 080918Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) held her annual Family Wellness and Back to School Fair on August 9, joined by co-host State Representative Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago), along with Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman Deb Mell and Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.

“For students to have a great school year, they need to start school healthy,” Martinez said. “With health care costs being so high, this event is an amazing opportunity for parents to get free services for their children like dental work and school physicals.”

New Martinez law requires Spanish notification of landline termination

landlinephone 080618CHICAGO — A new law sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) ensures Spanish-speaking Illinoisans are kept up to date on changes to their phone service.

The law requires AT&T to provide notice in both English and Spanish before they disconnect a resident’s landline.

“Studies show that low-income and minority communities are more likely to use landline phone service,” Martinez said. “Everyone should get fair notice of a decision to terminate service so they can either make other arrangements or appeal the decision.”

Martinez calls for termination of officer who ignored racist tirade

martinez 041118SPRINGFIELD — Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) today called for the termination of an officer for the Cook County Forest Preserves who failed to adequately respond to a racist verbal attack on a woman in a Cook County forest.

Video emerged yesterday of an incident on the Northwest Side in which a man threatens, curses at and racially attacks a woman for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag at a pavilion she had rented for a birthday party. The video shows the officer in question repeatedly ignoring her requests for him to detain the threatening individual. 

Senator Iris Y. Martinez

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Majority Caucus Chair
20th District

Years served:
2003 - Present
 
Committee assignments: Education; Energy; Gaming; Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions (Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.