Press Release

Sente and Local Students Work to Address Rising Tuition Costs

04/22/2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Higher education costs would be less burdensome under legislation proposed by state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, to expand Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit for Illinois students.

“During these challenging economic times, the costs associated with obtaining a college education can be very overwhelming for families and excessive student loan debt is not an option for everyone,” Sente said. “This legislation will empower students to academically challenge themselves through advanced coursework and provide financial relief by allowing students to forego college courses they already mastered in high school.”

An idea brought to Sente from Adlai E. Stevenson High School students, House Bill 3428 would expand AP exam credit at public universities and colleges to include scores of 3, 4 and 5. The initiative helps to address the rising costs of tuition by creating uniformity for the scores accepted for college course credit. This is the second time Sente has worked with local students to transform their bill idea into law. In 2013, Sente worked with students from the high school’s AP Government program to pass legislation allowing 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election, if they would be 18 by the general election.

“We are excited to once again work with Rep. Sente to bring civics to life for these students by emphasizing the importance of staying engaged in government,” said Andy Conneen, a government teacher at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. “It is our hope that Illinois will join the fourteen other states who have adopted similar policies, allowing our brightest students to stay in state and keeping Illinois competitive.”

Sente’s legislation passed with bipartisan support out of the Illinois House of Representatives and now awaits further action in the Senate.





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