New Math Curriculum Plans Head to House

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

A proposal that would require the Illinois State Board of Education to develop a new math curriculum for school districts passed a House committee today.

When the proposal was considered earlier this year, the talk was about requiring high school students to take math for four years instead of the current three. But Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who backs the plan, says most schools already require four years. Simon says the new proposal includes high schools and middle schools.

LT. GOV. SIMON: “The smarter idea that we have after consulting with the State Board, many educators and administrators, is that we can set up a model curriculum that school districts can adopt, can measure against, can mold to fit what works in their district.”

The measure already passed the Senate and now goes to the full House.

-Rachel Otwell

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