Lawmakers are worried about a brain drain across the state’s education system.

Less than 30 percent of rural districts functioning without AP programs, and the state is working to change that. State Senator Chuck Weaver is working on senate bill 12-12. This bipartisan effort would give high school students access to more advanced placement classes. Senator Weaver says this could keep families from leaving Central Illinois communities. He adds not every school district has the same resources.

“The thing that really brings this home for me is, as these kids leave high school, they go onto college, they’re walking into classrooms with kids who had different opportunities. So, what we want to do is make sure every kid across our state has the chance to get access,” said Senator Weaver.

Weaver says about 25% of Illinois students *have to wait until college to take these advanced classes.