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Nearly 600 IL Schools Must Offer Choice of Other School

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, ILL. – Nearly 600 schools in Illinois have been told they must notify parents that their children may move to a better-performing school.

It's part of the federal "No Child Left Behind" law, which aims to get low-performing schools to improve. The list of schools could change with more analysis.

The 576 schools that don't meet academic standards must offer the choice before the upcoming start of school. Metro-East schools on the list are in Alton, Venice, Madison, Brooklyn, Cahokia, and East St. Louis.

State schools Superintendent Robert Schiller says the list of schools is not final. It's based on preliminary analysis of state testing data. Incorrect scoring or other mistakes could be discovered that knock some schools off or put others on.

The list includes 367 Chicago schools. Under less stringent rules, 232 schools statewide had to offer choice last year.

To see a list of the affected schools, click here.

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