New law allows students to take unlimited dual-credit courses

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PEORIA, Ill. (WAND) - New legislation in Illinois will allow high school students to take an unlimited load of dual-credit classes for college credit.
  
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the legislation Friday in hopes of giving students better access to higher education. The General Assembly unanimously approved the measure in May.
  
Currently, not all districts allow for larger course loads. Dual-credit  classes make college more accessible and affordable for students nationwide.
  
The new law, which takes Jan. 1, prohibits school boards from setting limits. It requires the courses, taken online or in class, be taught by instructors who meet state requirements.
  
Sen. Chuck Weaver sponsored the legislation. The Peoria Republican says it will make college more affordable and increase the number of students who earn college degrees.

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