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HB 154 passes first House committee


House Bill 154, one of three pieces of legislation addressing the state’s takeover of struggling school districts, passed the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee on Tuesday evening.

The bill, introduced by state Reps. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, and Don Jones, R-Freeport, looks to dissolve existing Academic Distress Commissions and prevent the creation of new ones and require improvement plans for low-performing buildings, passed 11-2. State Reps. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, and Todd Smith, R-Germantown, voted against the bill.

The bill was amended to clarify EdChoice vouchers. Participation in the program would not change under the proposed legislation.

House Bill 154 could move to a full floor vote in the House session 1 p.m. today. If it passes there, it will begin the committee process in the Senate.

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