Ill. Education Chief Speaks Against Budget Cuts

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gov. Pat Quinn got it right when he spared the state's education budget from deep cuts, even as he embarked on pension reform and massive cuts to Medicaid, the state's education chief said Monday in Peoria.

But, Gery Chico added, Illinois' House of Representatives got it wrong when they passed a spending resolution in March that would mean a loss of $258 million, or more, in general state aid for schools.

The result could mean another million dollar subtraction in state funding for Peoria District 150, central Illinois' largest district, for the 2013 school year. But almost every district would be affected.

Chico, chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, is criss-crossing the state, urging parents, teachers, businesses and anyone else with a stake in school funding to contact state representatives and tell them not to cut the education budget.

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