Lightford, Senator Kimberly

​In 1998 Kimberly Lightford was elected to the Illinois State Senate, becoming the youngest African-American woman ever to be elected.  Since that time, she has worked extensively on educational issues, including her service as vice chair of the Education Committee. During this interview Lightford discusses the impact and legacy of the 1985 Educational Reform Act, especially on school discipline, student remediation programs, teacher certification, staff development, pre-Kindergarten education, and the Illinois Math-Science Academy.