A new Illinois law creates a commission given the task of helping increase high school graduation rates. Three education-related bills were signed into law Wednesday by the governor at a Chicago middle school. One creates the Commission for High School Graduation Achievement and Success.
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Jessica Handy, policy director with Stand for Children Illinois, says the dropout rate in Illinois is unacceptable. “Just about 75 percent of Illinois students graduate within four years of entering high school and the statistics for minority students is even worse,” Handy said. “Just over half of our African American and Latino students will graduate high school within four years.” The commission must present a report to lawmakers by November.
The other laws require Illinois schools to make health exam statistics, including immunizations, publicly available. A third creates a program to help students of different backgrounds break down barriers.