January 15, 2010 (CHICAGO) --Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law aimed at improving education and the state's eligibility for federal funding.The law implements tougher evaluations for Illinois teachers and school principals. The bill requires every school district to incorporate student performance as a major factor in teacher and principal evaluations.
The new law also helps Illinois' "Race to the Top" application for a multi-billion-dollar federal grant process focused on creative approaches to education.
Illinois could receive up to $500 million in funds.