State House Sends School Reform Bill to Governor’s Desk

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(Chicago Sun Times) — The Illinois House Thursday overwhelmingly approved and sent to Gov. Quinn a major education-reform package that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan heralded as “truly remarkable.”  The measure, which passed the House 112-1 with one member voting present, could lengthen the school year and school day in Chicago, give school districts new powers to oust poorly performing teachers and impose new obstacles to teachers strikes.  “Illinois has done something truly remarkable, and every state committed to education reform should take notice,” said Duncan, Chicago’s former Schools CEO.  “Business, unions, educators, advocates and elected officials all came together around a plan that puts children ahead of adults and paves the way for meaningful education reform. For some time now I have been saying that tough-minded collaboration is more productive than confrontation, and this is the proof,” said Duncan, who called on the governor to sign the “landmark reforms.”

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