WBEZ: State Board of Education: Double School Funding Now

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WBEZ is reporting, “Citing a clause in the Illinois Constitution that gives state government the primary responsibility for funding public education, the Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday took an unusually bold vote and unanimously recommended that Illinois nearly double the amount it spends on schools.

“That is what it takes for this state to be adequate,” ISBE Chief Financial Officer Robert Wolfe told board members before the vote. We are still relying upon the property tax system, and not every child is similarly situated.”

The State Board of Education members, all appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, recommended a budget that jumps from $8.2 billion to $15.7 billion in one year. ISBE’s proposal now goes to Rauner for consideration as he crafts his overall state budget. In a state still digging out of a massive financial hole, the proposal is likely to meet stiff resistance or be ignored…”

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