High school students will get a boost in educational opportunities, thanks to legislation sponsored by State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) and signed by the Governor Aug. 10 at Richwoods High School in Peoria.
“Our children are our future, it’s that simple,” said Weaver. “The education of our youth should be a top priority, to give these young men and women every opportunity to succeed.”
Senate Bill 2527 will increase access to dual credit courses for high school students. Dual credit courses allow students to get a head start on college, helping them earn their degree on-time or even ahead of schedule, while reducing the overall cost of their college education. In addition, because many students eventually change majors, dual credit courses allow students to explore different career paths earlier and at a lower cost.
The new law removes limits on the number of dual credit courses a student may take, and prohibits limits on how many credits a student may earn via dual credit courses, as long as the classes are taught by Dual Credit Quality Act compliant instructors, licensed teachers, or community college professors.
“Dual credit courses are one of the most cost-effective options for helping students earn a college degree,” Weaver said. “This new law will help boost degree completion rates and help cut costs for students.”
Also sponsored by State Rep. Daniel Swanson (R-Woodhull), Senate Bill 2527 was approved by a 54-0 vote in the Senate and a 107-0 vote in the House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 2527 is part of a broad package of legislation sponsored by Sen. Weaver to enhance educational opportunities for students and strengthen schools. The bills cover dual credit courses, vocational training, and measures addressing the teacher shortage hurting schools statewide.
“Our 16th President Abraham Lincoln knew the importance of education,” Weaver said. “To borrow his words, ‘Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.’”