Toro Committee Assignments 2023SPRINGFIELD — With her experiences as an early childhood educator for nearly 10 years, State Senator Natalie Toro is proud to offer her insight on the Senate Education and Early Childhood Education committees.

“As an educator, I have seen firsthand the funding disparities between schools and how this impacts our kids’ educational outcomes,” said Toro (D-Chicago). “I have also seen the impact of the teacher shortage, with many colleagues unable to afford to live within their current salary.”

In addition to her role on the Senate Education and Early Childhood Education committees, Toro will serve as the vice chair of the Senate Local Government Committee and as a member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Appropriations – Education Committee.

Toro was appointed to serve the 20th Senate District after working as a Chicago Teacher’s Union teacher for kindergarten and third grade. She is a lifelong resident of the district and looks forward to advocating for her community and its educators in the Springfield.

“Like many teachers in our state, I have walked into my classroom and found no supplies for students, and had no other choice but to pay for essential items out of my own pocket. I have also taken on additional jobs just to survive off of a teacher’s salary,” said Toro. “Bringing light to these everyday realities in the Senate will help craft policies that address the day-to-day struggles our educators are facing, which also ensures our kids are getting the best education possible.”

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