SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ five-hour classroom time mandate would be reinstated, but school districts would still be able to maintain and expand e-learning and internship programs under an amendment approved Tuesday in the Illinois Senate Education Committee.

The amendment was passed unanimously to Senate Bill 28, whose lead sponsor is Democrat Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood.

State Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, said the amendment was a result of negotiations between organizations representing teachers and school management.

Manar said a trailer bill passed after 2017’s education funding reform repealed a five-hour mandate for direct teacher-to-pupil hours without much discussion. Senate Bill 28 would reverse that repeal, while allowing school boards to

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