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Week of January 12, 2015

 
Chicago education funding
 
Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 / aranallo@uic.edu

Education Week's new, middling ranking of Chicago Public Schools overlooks the good news: recent legislation for greater access to early childhood education and much more rigorous training of school principals, says Steve Tozer, head of UIC's Urban Education Leadership program. "If properly funded -- and this will be a challenge to the Rauner administration -- these two measures would likely make a great difference," Tozer says. 

 
Selma
 
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 / bflood@uic.edu

The new film "Selma" has gained attention for its performances and historical representation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s efforts to secure equal voting rights. Barbara Ransby, director of the UIC Social Justice Initiative and a civil rights scholar and historian, can address the movie's depiction of the events, as well as the lessons and links from the 1965 march to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and contemporary issues of social justice, racism and sexism.

 
New Condo Law
 
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 / bflood@uic.edu

A new Illinois law has created the office of condominium ombudsperson for the state. Evan McKenzie, UIC associate professor of political science, helped lawmakers draft the bill and can discuss the office's function as a resource for condo owners, associations and boards, as well as the bill's requirements that associations establish alternative dispute resolution policies and register with the state.