“Just how much public support do private schools warrant? That’s the question facing legislators, administrators and parents after the Illinois Board of Education said this would be the last year it would grant private schools an accreditation-like seal of approval.
Cutting the program is expected to shave $344,000 in expenses. With 314,000, or 14 percent, of the state’s 2.2 million schoolchildren attending private schools, some question whether the savings merited a far-reaching cut.”
Without the state’s stamp of approval, the 674 private schools now recognized by the state – out of a total 1,400 – may lose standing in the eyes of colleges, military academies, scholarship organizations and grant programs.
“If we don’t do something, kids will start showing up with an A average and 1500 on the SAT, but they can’t get into a military academy because their school isn’t accredited,” Elgin Academy’s Head of School John Cooper said.