Another Year of Math in Illinois High Schools

Justin Kabbes, Illinois Capitol Bureau
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Classroom 3, Getty Images, Frederic Cirou

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) - High school students who don’t like math won’t like what’s coming out of the Capitol.

If the governor gives his blessing, next year’s class of freshmen will have to complete four years of math instead of the current three to graduate. It’s a small fix to a larger problem, says State Rep. Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley).

“That’s what we’re really trying to develop here… students who are career ready,” Pritchard says. “Who have those skills, who have the thinking, problem-solving capacity and can be a more productive worker.”

He says math skills are essential in many careers, even if students don’t use them to go to college.

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