A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:
Rep. Mike Tryon Files Bill to Ease Process of Obtaining PE Waivers to Allow for Advanced Placement Coursework
SPRINGFIELD….. State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) hopes to tackle high college tuition costs by making it easier for Illinois students to earn college credit for coursework taken in high school.
This week Tryon filed House Bill 4424, a bill that would ease the process through which local boards of education excuse pupils from physical education classes so they can take Advanced Placement (AP) coursework.
“Today, students in Illinois are required to take PE five days per week unless a waiver is received, said Tryon.
“It is not unusual for waivers to be granted, but he process for students to receive a waiver to allow for AP coursework is very difficult.
“We should be encouraging our high school students to be taking these college-level classes; not making it difficult for them to do so.”
“The group, which meets regularly throughout the year, is comprised of two upperclassmen from each of the five high schools located within the boundaries of the 66th legislative district.
“These students are very sharp, and they brought a legitimate concern to my attention,” said Tryon.
“Over the last few months we worked on creating a bill that would address the issue in a way we all believe is fair and reasonable.”
According to the language of the bill, a school board would be able to excuse any student in grades 9-12 from PE class if that student was enrolled in two or more AP courses.
“These are bright, academically talented students who are trying to enhance their college applications by showing success in advanced coursework,” Tryon said.
“The rising cost of college tuition is a real concern and these students are doing everything they can to bring as many credit hours as possible with them when they arrive at college. This translates to real money saved on tuition costs.”
In addition to the tuition savings associated with the bill, Tryon said increasing AP coursework for high school students improves the caliber of students that graduate from Illinois high schools.
“Today’s students compete globally for jobs when they enter the workforce and if we can increase the rigor in our high school classrooms our students will be better prepared for college and beyond,” he said.