Breaking News Bar
updated: 1/24/2013 4:51 PM

State board asks for more school funding

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois State Board of Education wants lawmakers to increase funding for schools by $874 million next year.

The board voted Thursday to recommend the 13.4 percent increase.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Finance Committee Chairman Jim Baumann says school districts are in "dire, dire straits," with 67 percent of districts in deficit spending. He says more than 6,400 teachers have been laid off and class sizes have grown in recent years as school funding has been cut.

But an increase in funding for education is unlikely.

Illinois is in the midst of a massive budget crisis, in part because lawmakers haven't reached a deal on pension reform.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office released budget projections earlier this month. It estimated school funding would be cut by $400 million in the next fiscal year.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.