IMG 9631 1SPRINGFIELD – Students and educators have faced tremendous barriers with COVID-19, which has impacted every classroom in Illinois. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) recognized the challenges they face and favorably voted for an education package to make a high quality education available for students at all levels, whether it be in-person or remotely.

“It is imperative we continue to invest in our education system, especially in these unfortunate times,” said Bennett, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee. “I have always prioritized education during my time in the General Assembly, and I believe people will need higher education and job training more than ever after this pandemic.”

In terms of higher education, the package – Senate Bill 1569 – allows for any grade of “pass,” “credit,” or “satisfactory” during the public health emergency to be transferable and to fulfill prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses.

The package also assists students participating in the AIM HIGH program, a tuition grant program that provides additional financial aid to incentivize Illinois students to remain in the state and attend public colleges and universities. Under the measure, the income of a student when entering the program will be the income of the student for the life of the program.

“This package is sensible and shows our continued support for our students and educators during this health crisis,” Bennett said. “A lot of students that began the semester under normal circumstances faced grave changes. We have to ensure they are well-equipped for continued success.”

Senate Bill 1569 passed the Senate 42-13 and goes to the governor for final approval.

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