In the News: An unexpected second chance

By Jack Wuest
Executive Director, Alternative Schools Network

In a state wracked by partisan stand-offs, a new, life-changing policy occurred with nearly unanimous, bipartisan legislative support and the governor’s signature.
This new law will improve prosperity by allowing Illinois residents over 21 to obtain a high school diploma. This was the work of state Rep. Joe Sosnowski and state Sen. Steve Stadelman. Currently, dropouts cannot earn high school diplomas once they reach 21. They are limited to GED certificates.
The diploma offers a better path to job training and colleges and universities. Data released by the governor suggests a diploma can boost lifetime earnings by more than $670,000…

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