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Lt. Gov. wants more math in Illinois high schools


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

Right now the state only requires students to complete three years of math to graduate, but Simon says taking a year-long break from math over senior year hurts some students' chances of doing well in college-level math classes.

While Johnston City principal Danielle Barter agrees that four years of math is better than three, she also worries that requiring a fourth year might put other students at risk of not graduating high school.

"Math is good for everyone; to train the brain if nothing else, so I'm not saying students should not take four years of math," Barter said. "We encourage our students to take four years. But if it becomes a requirement it may create obstacles for students who are not strong in that area, and maybe don't need those classes."

Simon's proposal is aimed at meeting the state's goal of having 60 percent of Illinois adults earning college degrees or certificates by 2025.

The Lt. Governor says another year of high school math would decrease the number of college students who linger in remedial courses and drop out of colleges or other schools statewide.

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