It concerns me to see Gov. Rauner pumping so much money into the upcoming elections “With backing of wealthy governor, Illinois GOP spending big” (Sept. 12, BND) because of the damage he has caused to my students and me. I am a teaching assistant for students with behavior disorders in the Kaskaskia Special Education District in Marion County, which covers Marion, Washington and Clinton counties.
In 2012, I was laid off from my position and hired back the following fall at a dramatic decrease in pay and benefits. It’s been hard making ends meet for me, I have colleagues who have had to leave the profession because of these cuts. Our students need stability in their lives and our district could not offer that. I took matters into my own hands and worked with legislators to pass HB 6299, a bill that will give paraprofessionals the same rights as teachers, prohibiting districts from a cycle of hiring-and-firing us, decreasing our wages. It passed with bipartisan support, but was vetoed by Gov. Rauner.
The last thing the children of our state need is to give Rauner even more power to veto bills that give our students the services they need.
Terry Kays, Centralia
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