VINCE LAMIE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Monday March 1, 2010

VINCE LAMIE DENOUNCES CULTRA'S CORPORAL PUNISHMENT BILL; BRINGS FOCUS BACK TO THE REAL ISSUES

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Vince LaMie
Candidate, Illinois State Representative, District 105
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Vince LaMie, Green Party candidate for Illinois State Representative, District 105, denounced Shane Cultra's effort to reinstate corporal punishment in Illinois schools. 

"I want to give teachers the tools they need to promote a healthy learning environment, but this bill is an ill-conceived shot-from-the hip that would have negative consequences on the students of Illinois," said LaMie.  "Several other educational issues, including budget cuts, the state's lack of payment, and funding inequity, need to take precedence over a futile discussion to bring back corporal punishment."

LaMie, who was a high school math teacher for 16 years, stressed the importance of working with the affected parties and experts. 

"Before introducing potentially harmful legislation on this issue, a legislator has the responsibility to speak with parents, teachers, principals, and educational researchers.  Cultra has indicated this is more of a gut feeling than a solid solution.  We need a well-funded and equitable school system that works hand-in-hand with parents and educators to better teach future generations," said LaMie.

In regards to the bill, Cultra commented "I do a lot of legislation that doesn't go anywhere and this is probably one of them." 

LaMie agreed that, "Although the current stalemate between and within the corporate parties causes a lot of legislation to go nowhere, we have too many serious problems to be wasting taxpayer time and money with trivial legislation.  We are facing an immense budget emergency that needs to be addressed now."

But do we have faith that our current legislators will adequately address this emergency?

LaMie expressed his hopes for November in a state continually plagued by scandal and fiscal mismanagement.

"For the last several decades, Illinois voters have elected corrupt, corporate-backed, oftentimes jail-bound, candidates because that was their only choice.  Reform must come from those of us who are fed-up with our state being the poster-child for corrupt government.  With new choices provided by candidates who are not part of the current inept system and high levels of discontent with incumbents, I have hope that the voters will break from the past and elect candidates who refuse to sell-out to special interests.  Show Springfield that we are not apathetic, that we are not complacent, and we will be involved in cleaning up our corrupt system."