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Lawmaker Proposes Changes to GED Testing
One state lawmaker says the new cost for the GED is too high, and claims that many who need to take the test have enough financial stress to deal with already.
This year, the cost of the GED, or General Educational Development Test, more than doubled, rising from $50 to $120.
State Rep. Naomi Jakobbson wants to make changes. A proposal she's sponsoring would change the name of the test, and allow Illinois to shop around for more affordable testing services.
"People who are taking this are trying to establish some kind of stability," Jakobbson said. "Perhaps they didn't finish high school for, could've been their own family's financial reasons, and they're seeing that that's not the way to continue. They don't want to perpetuate that system of people not being educated."
For this reason, Jakobbson said for-profit companies should not be involved in education.
She said the bill unanimously passed through the House, and is now awaiting Senate approval.
State Sen. Mike Frerichs is also a sponsor of this bill.