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Issues & Public Policies

College affordability

Early education and child care

Education workforce support and development

Special education


Supports Expanded Early Childhood Education

New High School for Austin Community

  • Introduced idea in Austin Weekly News to locate new high school at Brach’s location at Lake and Cicero, May 31, 2006, and June 1, 2006 and September 6, 2007
  • Working with Austin Community Education Network for a new high school, was Keynote Speaker at the Austin Education Summit at Austin Town Hall, October 27, 2007

Forming an agenda for improving education

  • Hosted an Education Summit, May 18, 2006, Oak Park-River Forest High School
  • Hosted Summit on Violence Prevention- March 26, 2007, John Hay Community Academy
  • Held a Special State of Illinois House of Representatives Subcommittee Hearing on Elementary and Secondary Education, May 14, 2007, Chicago Police State of the 15th District
  • Held a Public Hearing regarding Renaissance 2010 at Austin High School, October 11, 2007
  • Chair of Subcommittee Hearing of the Illinois House of Representatives Appropriations- Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, June 23, 2008, Bethel New Life Center
  • Illinois House of Representatives’ Elementary and Secondary Education Committee Hearing regarding education funding, September 18, 2008, Oak Park Village Hall

Support of Local Schools

Support for Parents

Improving funding for education

Support for Teachers

Scholarships for community residents


Rep. Ford and the City Colleges of Chicago hosted 600 students on Feb. 1, 2011 at Malcolm X College to kick off Black History Month with the program, College is an Option: