The Illinois State Board of Education has decided to eliminate the writing exam given to students in grades three, five, six and eight for the 2010-11 school year.
And these people are responsible for our kids' education!
There was already a bill introduced to do it earlier this year, but it died on the vine. Just goes to show you, you want something done, don't rely on Congress, fed or state.
11th graders still get the test, as some colleges still require them. Citing the kids' difficulty in getting good and consistent scores, they expect the move will save the state $3.5 mil this year.
I would like to point out that if Springfield chucked their M$ licenses for Windoze and Office and went with open source alternatives like Linux and OpenOffice or AbiWord, they could save $200-300 mil every year! Not just one year, every year! Not a peep about that, instead they are trying to save $3.5 mil by not bothering to teach kids.
The Illinois lottery was supposed to help fund the schools. Less than 10% is actually going to the schools. But the state capitol has some really nice carpeting. Sounds like the education has already begun.