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Sen. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

SPRINGFIELD – Building upon her steadfast commitment to ensure Illinois schools are taking a trauma-responsive approach, Senator Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford championed a new law to bring more training and resources to the education system.

“School officials should be equipped to identify the warning signs of mental illness, trauma and suicidal behavior in youth,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “Training is crucial to encouraging appropriate trauma-responsive intervention and techniques in schools.”

The Whole Child Task Force establishes an equitable, safe, inclusive and supportive environment in all schools for students dealing with trauma and mental health issues. The task force collects data on adverse childhood experiences and trauma, as well as the total number of school counselors, social workers, nurses and psychologists in Illinois schools.

As a part of the Black Caucus’ Four Pillar Agenda that Lightford spearheaded, House Bill 342 implements recommendations to the Whole Child Task Force Report to improve schools in Illinois by ensuring that all schools are equipped with training and resources to meet the diverse trauma and mental health needs of their students.

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SPRINGFIELD – All Illinois children will now have equal access to full-day kindergarten thanks to a new law championed by Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford.

“Kindergarten is pivotal for children’s learning journey,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “Full-day kindergarten classes across the state will ensure equal access to early learning opportunities for all our families.”

Parents who live in districts without the option of full-day kindergarten are often faced with additional barriers to preparing their children for early elementary school. These barriers include, but are not limited to, mid-day transportation, loss of income due to being home with the child or finding additional childcare, and ensuring developmentally appropriate activities are being provided throughout the day.

Currently, it is optional for school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. Lightford’s law provides full-day kindergarten options with developmentally appropriate play-based learning opportunities for families throughout the state.

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Sen. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

SPRINGFIELD – Taking a significant step toward ensuring all students have access to high-quality reading education, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford’s measure implementing a statewide literacy plan is now law.

“By developing a comprehensive and equitable literacy plan, Illinois is making it clear that we are committed to closing the achievement gap,” said Lightford (D-Maywood). “Reading and writing is essential, and every child — regardless of their background, ZIP code or circumstances — deserves to have the tools they need to succeed.”

Lightford’s measure requires the Illinois State Board of Education to create and implement a comprehensive literacy plan by Jan. 31, 2024. The plan calls for increasing research-aligned, developmentally appropriate reading instruction in schools, as well as expanded training opportunities for teachers and a curriculum rubric to help guide school districts.

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