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Quinn signs moratorium bill on virtual charter schools

Published: Saturday, May 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

The governor has signed legislation that puts a moratorium on the creation of virtual charter schools.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed Friday House Bill 494, which bans the creation of any new virtual charter schools in districts outside of Chicago until April 1, 2014.

The measure affects the proposed Illinois Virtual Charter School at the Fox River Valley, which 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. It wants to draw students from those 18 districts; for each student who went to the virtual school, about $8,000 would be siphoned off from the district is came from.

The Illinois Senate passed the measure earlier this week by a 46-7 vote. The House passed the same bill 80-36 in April.

– Shaw Media

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