Senate Republicans propose legislation to empower parents of schoolchildren

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). (Photo courtesy

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Education bureaucracy has left parents behind, say Illinois Senate Republicans who want kids’ moms and dads to have more of a voice in what happens in the classroom.

But they would not provide an example of a subject they didn’t want taught to their kids and instead presented their ideas as no more revolutionary than making it easier to help Junior with his homework.

It’s really, said State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), about empowerment.

“There are countless numbers of Illinoisans around this state who feel the people they have elected to represent them at various levels of government,” said Barickman, “are not being accountable to their views. Now we just went through a brawl related to redistricting.”

One idea is to add five elected members to the Illinois State Board of Education. Right now the board members and the state superintendent are chosen by the governor.

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