SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Adriane Johnson advanced a measure to enhance air quality in schools – leading to better health outcomes for students.

“Minority groups and under resourced communities are disproportionately impacted by asthma, pollution and viral illness,” said Johnson (D- Buffalo Grove). “Schools should be a safe place – yet many are under-ventilated. It is necessary that we study the poor air quality in schools and identify solutions.”

House Bill 4903 would task the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, to compile resources to assess air quality and maintain ventilation systems in schools. ISBE would implement outreach strategies to make these resources available to elementary and secondary schools.

“There are currently no requirements for schools in regard to air quality monitoring,” said Johnson. “Investing in air quality testing and proper ventilation in schools is essential for promoting health, well-being, and academic success for students and staff.”

House Bill 4903 passed the Senate Education Committee and heads to the full Senate for further consideration.