Quality Education for All Illinoisans
To make equity and economic opportunity a reality in Illinois, everyone must have access to a high quality public education, from pre-K through college. Daniel believes this, and that’s why he has cosponsored legislation expanding access to childcare, and fought to fix the state’s worst-in-the-nation school funding system, even at a cost to wealthier schools in his district.
Free Higher Education
Everyone used to agree that people needed an elementary and high school education to earn a living; that’s why society has always provided free primary and secondary public education for all. In today’s economy, a high school diploma is often not enough to guarantee a fair shot at a middle class life. It’s time to expand the promise of free public education and make higher education free.
Student Loan Bill of Rights
At a time when a quarter of student loan borrowers are behind in their payments, we have a responsibility to ensure borrowers understand their rights and have access to resources that will prevent them from defaulting on their loans. Daniel introduced landmark legislation to make this the law in Illinois, and his colleagues in the legislature joined with him to protect student rights by overriding the governor’s veto.
Fixing the public school funding formula
Public education funding in Illinois has long been the most regressive in the country, hitting low-income districts across the state the hardest. Daniel is a strong supporter of reforming our school funding system and voted against Rauner’s school voucher program, which gives tax breaks for private school donations. Our current education funding system relies too heavily on property taxes, creating an immediate and permanent inequality to our public schools—particularly those in communities of color, without adequate funding. Daniel’s approach to reforming the school funding formula would begin with ending our reliance on property taxes by implementing a statewide progressive income tax. Read more>>
Elected School Board
Daniel supported important reforms for Chicago Public Schools, including an elected school board for the city. Chicago is the last district without one in Illinois. The people deserve a voice in their education system.
Daniel believes every child deserves access to a quality education, and that existing charter schools must be held accountable to the same standards as their public school peers, including for English Language Learners and Special Education Students. Daniel has proudly supported the right of charter school teachers to unionize, and a moratorium on charter schools.