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By Ivy Perez,  Former Summer 2017 Housing Policy Associate

When I first started working as a Summer Associate in the Housing Department at the Latino Policy Forum, I had no idea I wanted to pursue a career in housing policy. I was expecting to graduate with a master’s in public policy soon, and had become interested in studying gentrification. When I joined the Forum, I hoped that, through my contributions to the Housing Department, I would also learn a lot about the way in which housing issues affect different communities and the way in which local organizations view issues such as gentrification and affordable housing.

I was attracted to working with the... Continue Reading

Posted In: Housing

Autor: Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, Manager of Education Policy and Research 

Las escuelas públicas están atravesando grandes dificultades para superar las demoras en los pagos -si es que se producen- procedentes del estado. Illinois no ha cumplido con sus obligaciones y se ha quedado a la zaga del país a la hora de proveer una financiación adecuada con la que educar a nuestros hijos. En consecuencia, las escuelas no disponen de los recursos necesarios para cubrir las necesidades de los estudiantes con bajos recursos económicos.

Varias comisiones han analizado este problema en profundidad y, finalmente, parecía que había un rayo esperanza. La ley 1 del Senado se diseñó para establecer objetivos de financiación para... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education

By Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, Manager of Education Policy and Research

Public schools are currently under great distress having to surmount slow or no payments from the state of Illinois. Illinois has not fulfilled its obligation and has lagged behind the nation in terms of providing adequate state funding to educate our kids, leaving schools with insufficient resources to meet the needs of low-income students. Multiple commissions have thoroughly analyzed this problem and, finally, there appeared to be hope.  Senate Bill 1 was crafted to establish funding targets for every community in Illinois based on the characteristics and needs of the... Continue Reading

By Karen Garibay-Mulattieri, Manager of Education Policy and Research

After two years, six days, and 16 hours, Illinois has finally passed a budget! Illinois school funding however, is still pending with the next school year looming.

With the help of Republicans who demonstrated courage in breaking ranks with the Governor, the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives voted to override Rauner’s veto to provide citizens with a budget. This new budget has increased funding for early childhood and services to families, which has already gone into effect. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and state college presidents have gone on record as saying the passage of the state budget was critical to the ability... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education

Por Sylvia Puente y Karen Garibay-Mulattieri

Que Illinois está incumpliendo sus obligaciones, y privando a los estudiantes de lenguas extranjeras -que están aquí tratando de aprender inglés- de su derecho a una educación que garantice su éxito académico, está fuera de toda duda.  La reciente investigación llevada a cabo por el Chicago Reporter urge a los representantes gubernamentales a adoptar medidas y a hacer lo correcto por nuestros hijos.

¡OPRIMA AQUÍ para actuar hoy!

¡Forme parte de la solución a esta crisis e inste a los representantes políticos de Illinois a que hagan su trabajo! Por favor, llame a la Oficina del Gobernador al 217-728-0244 para urgirle a que firme la... Continue Reading

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