Rep McSweeney Files Bill to Increase HS Students Access to College Courses

From the Daily Herald:

An Algonquin area school district's initiative has prompted legislation calling on community colleges to make courses available to high school students for free.

State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, has proposed the measure [House Bill 5561] pushing for the creation of a statewide pilot program modeled after Community Unit District 300's Accelerate College program, which allows qualifying high school students to take a full-year of college classes tuition free during senior year.


"I think it's a great program," said McSweeney, who worked closely with District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid to craft the legislation. "It efficiently uses state resources. It's a great model for what we should be doing (statewide) to make sure we are giving (students) the best opportunities for college. It makes sense that our students are incentivized to attend college, do college-level work and receive credit for that."