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Illinois Law Signed In July Could Eliminate “Snow Days”

Every parent wants their child to get a good education but in area where the weather is so bad that it is necessary to implement “snow days”.  Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a bill in Illinois that could make those snow days obsolete.  With all of the budget cuts and proposed tax hikes going on in Illinois, we don’t think that families or teachers really want to hear that on days when the weather is so ridiculous that a school will be forced to open.  Particularly in Chicago where some of the school buildings that are not physically kept up adequately to have the children in class.  But we guess it’s fine as long as it doesn’t affect the “well to do” areas!!

Read more as reported by Illinois Policy:

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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law on July 30 that will establish a pilot program aimed at utilizing technology to make school snow days obsolete.

House Bill 2781 establishes a three-year pilot program under which up to three school districts can develop e-learning programs to be implemented on schools’ emergency days.

Instead of having de facto vacation days that need to be tacked on to the end of the school year anyway – often after students have completed exams and have no curriculum left – online courses could keep students engaged in their current material even when school facilities are closed for inclement weather.

Schools in other northern states, such as Minnesota and Ohio, have already begun the push toward virtual school days on what would otherwise be snow days.

This pilot program will generate information on the best strategies for implementing online learning programs and help Illinois’ students stay on track with their studies when it matters – not after the school year has effectively ended.

State Sen. Michael Connelly, R-Wheaton, and state Rep. Mike Fortner, R-Springfield, sponsored the bill; Illinois Policy Action supported the measure.

Source: IllinoisPolicy.org

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