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If you’ve ever found yourself sitting in class wondering, ‘Why is the school making us do this?’ then this is the page for you! State and federal law provide specific regulations governing the education you receive, but many decisions come from your local school district with some guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education. Use this page to explore topics that impact you—like graduation requirements and testing—and find out where those decisions are coming from. If you’re wanting to push for a change, you may only need to look as far as your principal or local school board!

 What do I have to do to graduate?

  Why do I have to go to school?

​All children between the ages of 6 and 17 are required to attend school in Illinois—it's the law!  Find out more about the law and why attendance is important at the following links.

 Where do I have to go to school?

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