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The legislation "marks the beginning of a process to help keep education and the people who are teaching directly accountable with the performance they actually deliver in the classroom, so it's a good thing in that way."

-- State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova

"Teacher tenure will not only be based on years served but also performance and merit. I think it brings credibility to the bargaining process as well. For instance, any final offers made between the school districts and the teachers will be made public, so it improves transparency as well."

-- State Rep. Adam Brown, R-Decatur

Basing tenure on performance evaluations is "a fundamental change in the way our schools operate, and it's a terrific component."

-- State Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign

Even though the legislation may not necessarily be a dramatic change, "there's some good reforms, and that's why the House overwhelmingly voted for it."

-- State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth

The measure "sends a clear message to our schools, to everyone involved, that we want to make sure a quality education is provided."

-- State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro


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