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Moratorium bill in Springfield could halt local virtual schools

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:46 p.m. CDT

A proposed virtual school that could affect some Kane County schools would be delayed for a year if Gov. Pat Quinn signs into law a moratorium on charter schools like it.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 494, which would implement a moratorium on creation of new virtual charter schools until April 1, 2014.

The Illinois Virtual Charter School at the Fox River Valley is currently before the state commission after 18 school districts – including Kaneland School District 302, St. Charles School District 303, Geneva School District 304 and Batavia School District 101 – rejected its proposals to start an online school. The school is proposed by the nonprofit Virtual Learning Solutions.

If Quinn signs the bill into law, it is unclear if Illinois Virtual Charter School's appeals process before the state commission will be affected. Hearings have been scheduled for June.

The Illinois Senate passed the measure 46-7. State senators Linda Holmes, D-Plainfield, Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, and Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, all voted in favor of the measure.

The House passed the same bill 80-36 in April.

- Shaw Media

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