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More Schools Could Opt Out Of Teaching Drivers Ed, Black History

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:59:10 CDT
By: AP


Legislation allowing schools to opt out of teaching topics like driver education and black history gets backing from an Illinois Senate committee. The amendment's attached to a school funding bill, though more revisions could be on the way. There are dozens of topics schools could decide not to teach including physical education. The idea is to save money.

Some districts say they've been required to teach more topics without adequate funding from the state. The main bill proposes changes to the state's school funding formula, a move designed to help poorer districts. However, that would also mean rich schools in Chicago's suburbs, would lose money. Lawmakers opposed to the amendment say it should be separated out and potentially sends a bad message.

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