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Lt. Gov. Simon wants more math classes for kids

JOHNSTON CITY, IL (KFVS) -

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon wants Illinois high school kids to take more math classes.

Right now the state only requires students to complete 3 years of math to graduate.

But Simon says taking a year-long break from math senior year hurts some student's chances of doing well in college-level math classes.

While Johnston city Principal Danielle Barter agrees 4 years is better than 3, she also worries requiring a fourth year of math might put other students at risk of not graduating.

"For those students who may not be planning to go to high school, who would be very successful in a vocational field or something like that or who'll have to take another advanced math class and maybe they've struggled with what's already required, now they'll have one more potentially difficult class to pass," said Barter. "And I think that would be a problem."

Simon's proposal is aimed at meeting the state's goal of having 60 percent of Illinois adults earning college degrees or certificates by age 20-25.

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