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Simon talks education reform in Carbondale

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CARBDONALE, IL (KFVS) -

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon talked Friday about keeping Carbondale Middle School students on track to graduate.

Simon joined Carbondale Middle School Principal Marilynn Ross to tout the first CMS Leadership Academy.

The program provides students with tools to handle stress and inspire good behavior.

“The Class of 2025 is going to shape the future Illinois,” Simon said. “We need to provide every student, from Carbondale to Chicago, a clear path for success. Investing in their education is an investment in our state workforce.”

The year 2025 is the deadline set by Illinois leaders to have 60 percent of working-age adults hold a college certificate or degree.

According to a news release, Simon's office is working with the state's public universities and community colleges to bring up college completion rates among students through Guided Pathways to Success.

The goal is to streamline course requirements so more students can graduate on time, in less debt and with a career connection.

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