Illinois has a problem. Too many of our students do not have access to dual credit courses. These courses provide credit for both a high school diploma and a college degree meaning they save our students time and money as they pursue their college and career goals.
There are real barriers to equitable access for dual credit courses, particularly for students of color or students from low-income families. And with a teacher shortage impacting the state, recruiting educators for these courses in hard-to-staff schools poses a huge challenge.
We need to fix this.
And we have just the right group standing beside us to help fix it. They’re Illinois parents, educators, and students, and earlier this month, these advocates kicked off the 2019-20 Policy Fellowship with a thoughtful, engaging conversation. With fellows representing all corners of the state, our first meeting was by video conference, but a large group gathered in Chicago.
These advocates are an accomplished group. They include policy experts, high school students, superintendents, parents, and engaged community members. This Policy Fellowship includes a host of viewpoints and experiences.
Their work is not possible without the generosity of supporters like you, friends. From covering mileage to attend meetings to materials and technology for each group discussion, we can’t offer this unique experience without your support.
Will you join me in chipping in whatever you can to help us provide all the resources needed for the Policy Fellows to succeed?
Their diligent work will help inform Stand’s advocacy on dual credit issues throughout the next year, and their viewpoints will be crucial to ensuring we have the best outcome possible. Previous Policy Fellows contributed to Stand’s Stop Illinois Brain Drain report which brought high school success issues – like dual credit – to the forefront.
With this group’s hard work, and your continued support, this will be the most successful Policy Fellowship yet!