CHICAGO (AP) – While thousands of Illinois students have yet to return to the classroom because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that summer school may be a way to address learning loss from remote classes.
More than 460 Illinois school districts are still using some form of remote learning for students. Pritzker said his administration is suggesting school districts consider extending the school year.
Additionally, the Illinois governor touted the newly enacted Educational Workforce and Equity Act. Under the Educational Workforce and Equity Act, new graduation requirements will be added to better prepare students in computer literacy and foreign languages and required Black history coursework will be expanded to include pre-enslavement of Black people, why Black people came to be enslaved and the American civil rights movement.
It also expands access to Illinois’ Early Intervention program by letting children who turn 3 years old between May and August continue receiving services until the start of the next school year.