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Bill to Examine Education Standards, Enhance Opportunities for Disadvantaged Students Now Law


For Immediate Release:
August 17, 2016

For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
Wallace Bill to Examine Education Standards, Enhance Opportunities for 
Disadvantaged Students Now Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, advanced 
legislation that creates an educational advisory council to examine 
strategies and solutions to improve academic achievement for 
disadvantaged students. The legislation is now Public Act 99-0721.

"This council will focus specifically on learners who face challenges 
that can negatively affect their academic success," Wallace said. "All 
students, regardless of the challenges they face, should have the 
opportunity to achieve and reach their goals. This council will focus on 
ensuring that our state progresses toward meeting the needs of at-rick 
students and helping them reach better educational outcomes."

Wallace's House Bill 6136 creates an Advisory Council on At-Risk 
Students, which will annually review educational progress for 
disadvantaged students and submit a report to the General Assembly, the 
governor and the state superintendent of education. This council, made 
up of an experienced group of teachers, advocates, legislators and 
parents, will provide recommendations for legislative and procedural 
changes to improve academic standards. The group's focus will be on 
students who receive attention from the Department of Human Services, 
including those who receive benefits under Medicaid, the Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Children's Health Insurance 
Program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. 
Academic outcomes for foster children will also be reviewed.

"The best way to begin to serving the needs of at-risk students is by 
convening a diverse group of educators, policymakers, advocates and 
community members that reflects the students we are trying to reach," 
Wallace said. "There are no quick fixes or easy solutions when it comes 
to student achievement, but this is an important step toward addressing 
this challenge as a group and I appreciate the overwhelming Bipartisan 
support for this legislation."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433, or email

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