Parents who want their children to attend private school but still take the state’s standardized test are trying to get state law changed to allow it.

“Right now, it is against the law in Illinois for a private school student to take the ISAT,” said State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood). “It is only open to public students and charter school students.”

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Public school officials cite logistical concerns, including that some schools are short of space, and that all students must take the test at the same time. Drury says taxpayers in Illinois are supporting public schools whether they send their kids there are not, and the parents in his district are willing to pay a fee for their children to take ISAT; thus, they would be paying twice and should be given the opportunity.

H.B. 2944 has passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

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