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Governor Quinn signs four new laws on education 

June 26, 2012
By Samantha Jeffreys

CHICAGO - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed four bills into law on Monday in an effort to strengthen education in the State of Illinois.

The first, Senate Bill 3244, was initiated by Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon after visiting several community colleges last fall and learning that only 40 percent of high school students in Illinois test ready for college-level math. The new law will require the Illinois State Board of Education to help stakeholders and educational organizations create mathematics curriculum models that will then be implemented in middle and high schools. The goal of the law, which will go into effect on January 1, is to help Illinois students be better prepared for college and the job market.

Other bills the governor signed on Monday include:

Senate Bill 2706, effective immediately, will reduce the number of regional offices of education from 45 to 35 through consolidation. Consolidation is expected to be complete by July 1.

Senate Bill 638, effective immediately, will change the deadlines for current alternative teaching certification programs to September 1, 2013 for enrollment and January 1, 2015 for completion.

House Bill 4993, effective immediately, will allow educators to receive general administrative endorsements without the two-year teaching requirement if they have been enrolled in an approved program since before August 1, 2011 and will finished the program before January 1, 2013.