I would like to thank the Schaumburg PTA for having the candidates forum for the public on Oct. 10, at Jane Addams Junior High. It was a very good opportunity to ask questions of incumbents and candidates for state senate and state representative seats, about our children and education issues in Schaumburg Township District 54.
What has been lacking in the 56th District especially, are actual plans and leadership to solve long standing problems, with the continued underfunding of general education, special education funding in District 54, as well as how to deal with the growing population of special needs children and the continued cutting of state services.
Under Rep. Mussman, education and special needs funding has been cut in each year in her first term in office. Even the huge pension system problem looming over this state and hints of a possible vote in the next veto session, are getting no direction on what plans she supports and where her vote will be in the future.
Without reform in the pension system being voted on in the next veto session, funding for general and special education, as well as special needs funding, will be guaranteed to be cut for families in the district.
Mailers are sent to families repeatedly, talking about her opponent wanting to work three jobs at the same time if elected — claims that have proven multiple times to be baseless.
If a legislator cannot show people what they have accomplished in their term in office, why should they deserve another term? Families need a legislator with commitment, ability and a plan to pass legislation, not just hold meetings. Underfunding for education and for people with disabilities in the district should not take a back seat to Chicago influence and interference. Families and our kids deserve better.
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