Proposal to allow schools to opt out of teaching topics approved by committee

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation backed by an Illinois Senate committee could allow schools to opt out of teaching dozens of topics like drivers' education, physical education, and black history.  The amendment was approved Tuesday, and was attached to a school funding bill.  More revisions to that bill could be on the way.

The idea behind the amendment is to save money.  Some districts say they are required to teach more topics, but are not funded adequately.  The main bill proposes changes to the state's school funding formula.  It's a move that's designed to help poorer districts, but it would mean other school districts, particularly in Chicago's suburbs, would lose money.

Lawmakers opposed to the amendment say it should be separated out, and that it potentially sends a bad message.

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