New Law Helps Prevent Violence Among Elementary Students

By WEEK Producer

July 8, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn Friday signed three bills into law to help students across the state improve their skills and learn in a safer environment.

“All of our students deserve a quality education, taught in a school that is free of violence,” said Governor Quinn. “Through these new laws, we are working to improve math and reading instruction for our
struggling students while taking steps to address violence among our youngest children.”

House Bill 1204 requires Illinois school districts to educate all students about ways to prevent violence and resolve
conflicts peacefully. The new law takes effect immediately and extends guidance to students enrolled in kindergarten through third grade.

House Bill 139 requires school districts to emphasize reading and math during summer school instruction for students who have fallen two grade levels behind in those subjects for two consecutive school years. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2012.

House Bill 2397 requires school boards across Illinois to promote at least 60 minutes of reading instruction in kindergarten through third grade for students who are one or more levels below their grade proficiency. Currently, there is no reading requirement in place. This new law takes effect immediately.

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