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Teach for America’s offer to help meet teacher shortages met with skepticism Teach for America’s offer to help meet teacher shortages met with skepticism

Teach for America’s offer to help meet teacher shortages met with skepticism

The leader of alternative teacher preparation program known as Teach for America drew sharp criticism from one Democratic state lawmaker Tuesday as he appeared before a House committee seeking continued funding from the state of Illinois. The Illinois organization's executive director said the program "can be an important player" in solving the state's teacher shortage.

House passes bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21 House passes bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21

House passes bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21

Lawmakers on Tuesday successfully passed a bill through the House raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The legislation moves to the Senate for a vote expected next week. There it will likely receive enough support to land on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

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