Rezin-sponsored legislation expands access to dual credit courses

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SPRINGFIELD – More high school students will now receive high school credits from a dual credit program that was recently signed into law. House Bill 5506 amends the state’s Dual Credit Quality Act to provide that a partnership agreement between a community college and a school district willallow high school students who may not meet the community college’s academic eligibility requirement to enroll in their dual credit course to receive high school credits.

“This law will create more opportunities for high school students to gain access to academic courses and credits that were previously unavailable to them,” said legislation sponsor Deputy Minority Leader Senator Sue Rezin of Morris. “Students interested in courses that are part of a dual credit program will no longer be turned away just because they might not qualify for the college credit for whatever reason, which in turn will hopefully lead to more course offerings.”