Illinois state Sen. James Meeks is outlining his plan to overhaul what he says is a broken public schools system in Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois state Sen. James Meeks is outlining his plan to overhaul what he says is a broken public schools system in Chicago.
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At a news conference Wednesday, Meeks said he’ll push for full day kindergarten and double the time that students spend on reading and math. He’s also proposing a voucher program that would allow 50,000 students in some of the city’s worst performing neighborhood schools to attend other schools.
Meeks, a Democrat, also says he’s intent on getting rid of bad teachers, explaining that if elected he’d give the teachers’ union one year to come up with a policy to identify and dismiss bad teachers. He says if the union doesn’t do so, he will ask state lawmakers to develop a policy.
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