supports measure to recognize nonpublic schools
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20, 2003] SPRINGFIELD
-- State Sen. Larry Bomke, R-Springfield, supports recognizing
nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Nonpublic schools were
formerly certified by the Illinois State Board of Education, but the
board ended the practice following budget cuts this year.
This action put private and
parochial schools in a precarious situation, leaving schools and
families with concerns about Illinois High School
Association-sanctioned sporting events, student-teacher placements
at private schools and college acceptance of students from
"This was the wrong answer to
dealing with budget cuts," said Bomke. "The State Board of Education
has a commitment to certify these schools, and Senate Bill 1014
clarifies that commitment into law."
Specifically, Senate Bill 1014
requires the state board to register nonpublic elementary and
secondary schools. Registration is voluntary on an annual basis and
requires information that assures compliance with federal and state
laws regarding health examinations, attendance, length of term,
nondiscrimination, and applicable fire and health safety
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Under the pending law, all
nonpublic schools could also voluntarily seek the status of
"Nonpublic School Recognition" from the State Board of Education.
signed into law, Senate Bill 1014 will take effect immediately.
[News release from
Sen. Larry Bomke]