​Lawmakers pass huge reform bill to combat inequities in education

​Lawmakers pass huge reform bill to combat inequities in education

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois lawmakers are approving a massive reform bill designed to address inequities in the state’s education system.

The legislation approaches the problem from several angles, such as kindergarten readiness and a lack of advanced placement classes in poorer school districts. Senator Kimberly Lightford says they also want to attract and retain more minority teachers, especially male teachers.

The bill also eventually requires two years of foreign language and two years of lab science to graduate from high school and creates freedom school programs to offer students additional opportunities to learn about leadership and civil rights.

Representative CD Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville says he supports improving education opportunities for students, but wonders how the state is going to pay for this.

It’s now up to the governor to sign it into law.

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