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updated: 7/8/2011 7:09 PM

Quinn signs 3 education bills

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Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three education bills aimed at preventing violence and encouraging reading and math.

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

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One bill requires Illinois school districts to teach all children about preventing violence and resolving conflicts. While fourth- through 12th-graders get that instruction now, the new bill includes youngsters in the kindergarten through third grades.

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

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

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