Hernandez: Much Work Remains to Lift Up Working Families, Protect Immigrant Community

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

State Representative Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, worked to provide local public schools millions in additional funding as a result of the monumental education funding reform passed last summer, protect immigrant communities from Donald Trump’s hateful agenda and fought to ensure critical services that lift up working families are funded during the spring legislative session. Hernandez worked to ensure that the Illinois Board of Education (ISBE) allocated the $21.9 million in additional funding local public schools were entitled to after months of unnecessary delay. Under the new formula, more state funds are being provided to districts with greater need. The Hernandez-backed Senate Bill 1947, not only fully funded Bilingual Education for first time in decades, it is providing schools in the 24th District the following in additional funding:

• J. Sterling Morton High School District 201— $9,130,867
• Cicero School District 99— $8,271,310
• Berwyn South School District 100— $3,040,904
• Berwyn North School District 98— $1,465,865

Additionally, Hernandez has worked tirelessly to fight back against Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda by being a lead sponsor of the Illinois TRUST Act, which are the strongest state-level protections in the country for undocumented immigrants, expanding protections for immigrants that are victims of crimes like domestic violence, and standing up for Illinois’ 42,000 Dreamers every step of the way since the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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