Contributed article by the Illinois Senate Democrats.
SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Education Committee passed legislation Tuesday sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) that would remove barriers to graduation for some high school students.
House Bill 2165 would remove the requirement that all students must complete an algebra II course in order to graduate high school.
The change is designed to eliminate a barrier to graduation for students who do not wish to pursue a post-secondary degree or choose to work in a vocational field.
“Algebra II is an important course for many high school students, but not everyone graduates high school with the intention to continue their education at the post-secondary level and it’s time we acknowledge this and provide more options for students who want to enter the workforce immediately,” Manar said. “Every child is different and a one-size-fits-all curriculum is not going to effectively serve the diverse needs of Illinois students.”
High school students would still be required to take three years of math as a requirement for graduation under the legislation, one of which must be algebra I and one of which must include geometry content.
The measure was approved by the Education Committee unanimously. It will now go before the entire Senate.