State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D-Arlington Heights, is pictured on the floor of the Illinois House this week. (Capitol News Illinois photo by Jerry Nowicki)

Lawmakers Approve Kindergarten Reform, Plan to Address Childhood Literacy

CHICAGO – Lawmakers are looking at several ways to improve learning outcomes and access for young students in Illinois.

On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives approved a proposal that would require school boards in Illinois to provide full-day kindergarten starting with the 2027-2028 school year.

The measure, House Bill 2396, was met with bipartisan, though not universal, support, passing out of the House on Thursday on an 87-23 vote.