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llinois Announces Initiative to Turn Around Struggling Schools, Close Achievement Gaps

The Illinois State Board of Education has announced that it will participate in a new “Partnership Zones” program, which is a three-year partnership with five other states to develop long-term reform strategies for their lowest-performing schools. 

Other states joining are Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York. 

The initiative is funded by $75 million in federal and private donations, and was developed by the Mass Insight Education and Research Institute, a Boston-based non-profit education organization.

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