Schneider, Durbin Lead Community Roundtable Event on Education


Teachers and school leaders join discussion on ways support students from pre-K to higher education

NORTHBROOK, IL – Today, Democrat Brad Schneider was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to host a roundtable event with teachers, superintendents, school board members and other community leaders on education issues in the Tenth District.


Photo: Schneider, Durbin Lead Community Roundtable Event on Education

"Illinois’s Tenth District deserves a representative that will fight to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed and make higher education an affordable aspiration for all families," said Sen. Dick Durbin. "When he is back in Congress, Brad will stand up to Republican attempts to prioritize subsidies for oil and gas companies over education and cut financial aid to low-income students. Brad understands that our country’s long-term success depends on educating our next generation, and he will work to increase investment in early learning programs and make student loans more affordable."

Participants discussed the need to increase access to early childhood education, ways to prepare students for college, and the importance of making higher education financially accessible for all families.

“Investment in education is vital for our future,” said Brad Schneider. “In Congress, I will work to ensure that every student has the opportunity for a quality education regardless of their zip code, every child has the opportunity for preschool so they can arrive at kindergarten ready to learn, and anyone who wants to pursue a college education can graduate without incurring a crushing mountain of debt.”

Schneider continues to meet with groups of residents throughout the Tenth District this month to hear their views and share his priorities. In August, Schneider held previous roundtable events with small business leaders and environmental activists.

Schneider has been endorsed by the Illinois Federation of Teachers and Lake County Federation of Teachers.

Participants at the roundtable included:


·      Bill Harrison - Wheeling CC School District #21 Board President

·      Chuck Gitles - Northbrook/Glenview School District #30 Board member

·      Deborah Lawson - IFT Local 504 VP

·      Dr. Ben Martindale - Chief Education Officer North Chicago School District #187

·      Dr. Constance Collins - Superintendent Round Lake Area School District  #116

·      Harry Steindler - Co-Chair of 2011 District #113 Facilities Referendum Campaign

·      Kathy Ryg - University Center of Lake County- Board Chair, Former State Representative,

      former President of Voices for Illinois Children

·      Laura Saret - Business and Higher Education Professional

·      Patty Sloan  - Grayslake Middle School Math Specialist

·      Sandra Hart - Lake County Board Member District 13

·      Stephanie Gordon - Special Education Deerfield HS #113

·      Steve Rosenzweig - Retired Spanish Teacher Niles North HS