Illinois lawmakers obligated to address school funding issue

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Illinois State Board of Education believes the state's public schools will need nearly $1 billion more in next year's budget to shore up budget gaps in the state's school districts.

A preliminary revenue blueprint released by lawmakers last month showed schools potentially facing a nearly $1 billion drop in funding, beginning July 1. Even taking into account the usual maneuvering involved in budget projections, that's a huge gap.

It's exactly what you get, however, when a state mismanages its money and fails to address fundamental issues in public education.

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