Bertino Tarrant2016cSPRINGFIELD — A new law championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) will give the education community better representation on the Illinois State Board of Education.

The new law will require that three of nine state board of education members are representatives of the educator community, ensuring more efficient implementation of the state’s education initiatives.

“This new law will ensure that educators are at the table while we work to implement policies and standards to help give students the opportunity to be successful,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Our educators are on the frontlines. They have a good pulse on what works and doesn’t work in our classrooms. Their insight will help give the board a more rounded perspective.”

The law was an initiative of Vision 20/20, an education activism group. Vision 20/20 said the measure provides professional expertise to guide implementation of state initiatives and ensure oversight and regulatory efforts positively impact student learning.

House Bill 4284 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure is now law.

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