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State Rep Calls for More Affordable GED Testing
This year, the cost of the GED or General Educational Development test more than doubled -- rising from $50 to $120.
If passed, Jakobbson's bill would change the name of the test and allow the state to shop around for more affordable testing services.
The cost hike went into effect this year, because of a partnership between Pearson -- a publishing and education company -- and the GED testing service.
"People who are taking this are trying to establish some kind of stability. Perhaps they didn't finish highschool for, you know, could've been their own family's financial reasons and they're seeing that that's not the way to continue, they dont want to perpetuate that system of people not being educated," Jakobbson said.
For this reason, she says "for-profit" companies should not be involved in education. She adds that the bill unanimously passed through the house and is now awaiting senate approval.
State senator Mike Frerichs is also a sponsor of this bill. If it passes the Senate, it moves to Gov. Pat Quinn, who will have 60 days to act on it.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.