Illinois Board of Education members question new foreign language graduation requirement

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some members of the Illinois State Board of Education are expressing concerns about one of the new high school graduation requirements sent to the Governor by state lawmakers earlier this month.

The new requirements would include two years of a foreign language beginning in 2028.

Susie Morrison was one of the board members who questioned whether that's the best thing for high school students to be studying in place of other courses.

"More important than art. More important than music. More important than career and technical education courses in a school day that is already so full and so very limited with time," Morrison said.

Another board member, Dr. Christine Benson, said "they did no research on this. They just added it on."

Benson said foreign languages are more effectively taught in lower grades.

Morrison is calling for a review of all high school graduation requirements, and board members said lawmakers should consult with them about such changes.