SPRINGFIELD – Families in Mount Greenwood, Beverly and Morgan Park will soon see increased enrollment opportunities to the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHAS) because of a measure being signed into law.

“Unique public education experiences should be available to all students in Chicago and throughout Illinois,” State Senator Bill Cunningham said. “The Ag School will now have more seats to offer to more students in our community because of this new law.”

Senate Bill 447, sponsored by Senator Cunningham, would allow for 40 more seats to be opened up to local families and would statutorily authorize the special education cluster that currently exists at the school

CHAS was created by state law more than 20 years ago. During that time, the school has provided special education services. But those programs were not recognized by state law until the introduction of Senate Bill 447.

“We need to ensure that special education services are provided wherever there is a need,” Cunningham said. “Today, we have guaranteed access to those critical services will continue to exist right here in our community.”

The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

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