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New Law Creates 'Bring Your Parents to School Day'

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Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday he hopes that creating "Bring Your Parents to School Day" will encourage more parents to get involved in their kids' schooling.

The new legislation, signed Saturday at the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic, designates the first Monday in October as “Bring Your Parents to School Day.”

House Bill 129, sponsored by Rep. Chris Welch and Sen. Kimberly Lightford, amends the Illinois School Code to allow school boards to designate the day each year. If adopted, school boards may permit parents and guardians to attend class with their children and meet with teachers and administrators during the school day, according to a release from the Governor’s office.

Lightford said kids are more likely to succeed in school when their parents are engaged.

“A well-rounded education starts at home, and there is no better way to kick-off the school year right than with empowered parents,” Quinn said in a statement.

Welch noted that the new law will allow parents to work with teachers and participate in “parent-involvement activities.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1.
 

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