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Gov. Quinn signs bills to help prevent school violence, promote education

"All of our students deserve a quality education, taught in a school that is free of violence," said Governor Quinn. "All of our students deserve a quality education, taught in a school that is free of violence," said Governor Quinn.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that he says will help students learn how to prevent violence and resolve conflicts peacefully. He also signed two other separate education bills for those students that are falling behind in school.

The governor's office says Quinn signed a bill that requires districts to put an emphasis on math and reading during summer school if students are two grade levels behind for two consecutive years.

A third bill promotes 60 minutes of reading in the kindergarten through third grades if students are one or more grade levels behind.

"All of our students deserve a quality education, taught in a school that is free of violence," said Governor Quinn. "Through these new laws, we are working to improve math and reading instruction for our struggling students while taking steps to address violence among our youngest children."

Quinn signed the trio of legislation Friday at a Chicago high school.

Legislation: House Bill 1204, House Bill 139 and House Bill 2397.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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