State Rep. Mark Batinick filed legislation he said aims to keep Illinois students in state for college.
The bill, H.B. 4088, would create the Rewarding Excellence with Higher Education Guaranteed Admission Act and grant admission to any state university for any student who scores in the top 10% on either the ACT or SAT, according to a news release.
Batinick, R-Plainfield, said he filed the bill after hearing from students who earned high test scores but were denied admission to Illinois public universities.
"We have great schools here, and we should be creating better opportunities for our best students so they can stay in Illinois,” Batinick said in the release. “The future lies in our younger population. If we are going to help turn our state around, we need to take a closer look at our admissions to our state schools.”
Batinick's office cited the Board of Higher Education when he argued that 48.4% of Illinois graduates who enroll in a four-year institution go to school out of state, a number that has nearly doubled since 2002.
“Too many of our brightest students are leaving for better opportunities in other states” Batinick said in the release. “When students leave Illinois, a large percentage of them do not return. Our most precious resource is our educated youth and we must reverse this trend.”
The bill resides in the House of Representatives Rules Committee and is awaiting further consideration. The bill has earned four co-sponsors from members of both parties as of Feb. 7.