Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue March 19, 2013
IL Senate trying to keep brightest high-schoolers in state
High school students going into high-demand fields could get automatic admission to the state university of their choice, under a measure introduced in the Illinois Senate. Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, says nearly 20-thousand Illinois high school graduates go out-of-state for college, a trend that needs to be stopped.
“We are losing brain power and we are losing it fast. If we want to be serious about jobs in this state, we have to be serious about retaining our best and our brightest assets,” says Rose.
Students would have to promise to major in a certain degree, like mathematics, engineering, or science. To qualify, they would also have to score at least a 28 on their ACT and graduate high school with at least a three-point-five GPA. Rose is keeping the plan on hold for now, though. Lawmakers say they have several concerns, like knowing how many students would qualify, and if state universities would be able to support them