Potential model for education reform hits snag in the Illinois House

May 6, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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State Senator Kimberly Lightford, who introduced the education reform bill, at her office in Westchester.

The Illinois House is considering an education bill with an unusual background. The legislation involved four months of intense negotiations among parties that are often bitterly divided: Teachers unions, school administrators and business groups.

The bill sailed through the Illinois Senate; now it goes to the House.  If it becomes law, a sea change may lay ahead for teachers in Illinois.

But after months of crafting consensus, things recently began to shift. Reporter Kristen McQueary joined Eight Forty-Eight to talk about whether the bill could be derailed.

Reporter Kristen McQueary covers state government for WBEZ and the Chicago News Cooperative.

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