CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at encouraging parents to take an active role in their children’s education, by designating a “Bring Your Parents to School Day” at Illinois schools.

The governor signed legislation allowing school districts to designate the first Monday in October as “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” and allow children to bring their parents or legal guardians to class.

“A well-rounded education starts at home, and there is no better way to kick-off the school year right than with empowered parents,” Quinn said in a written statement.

Parents and guardians also would be allowed to meet with teachers and school administrators while at school.

The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) and state Rep. Chris Welch (D-Hillside).

Lightford said children are more likely to do well in school when their parents are involved in their education.

The legislation takes effect next year.

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