Busy day of signing bills for Gov. Quinn

July 30, 2009 2:10:51 PM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn signed four bills Thursday, giving a boost to charter schools in Chicago and across the state. The governor was warmly greeted at Alain Locke Charter Academy on the West Side.

One of the laws he signed doubles the number of charter schools allowed in Illinois from 60 to 120. Another more than doubles the number of single-campus charter schools allowed in Chicago from 30 to 70.

Overnor Quinn said he agrees with President Obama and education secretary Arne Duncan on the value of charter schools.

"They have a little more freedom to innovate, to try new things, to have more flexibility, perhaps, for the students and faculty. And I think that's a good idea, to let new ideas bubble up from the grassroots," said Gov. Pat Quinn, (D) Illinois.

He said one such new idea is shorter, four-week summer vacations, providing students more classroom time.

Friday, the governor is expected to announce a new round of budget cuts.


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