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Education Desk
12:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Education Funding Redux – Illinois’ Broken System Takes Center Stage Again

Sen. Andy Manar spoke at a rally for school funding revamp legislation he proposed last year. Senate Bill 16 would have altered the state school aid formula to benefit poor districts over those with healthy tax bases. His Senate Bill 1 would take wealth of school districts into account.
Credit Senate Democrats

There he was, then-Gov. Jim Edgar, appearing before a joint session of the General Assembly, imploring members of the GOP-led House and Senate to raise the state income tax, lower property taxes and level out the disparities between rich and poor school systems in Illinois.

It was 1996, and Edgar was coming off a re-election where he trounced Democratic Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch by attacking her plan to fix the state’s school-funding inequities.

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Education Desk
1:09 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

ISBE Responds To School Budget Cuts

Illinois State Board of Education will have $97 million to distribute to school districts most affected by the unexpected 2.25 percent cut in the current fiscal year budget, expected to be adopted this week. But Mary Fergus, spokesperson for the board, couldn't say how those funds would be distributed. Instead, she offered this statement:

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12:57 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Students Must Make Up Cancelled Classes

 Four extra days of class have been added to the calendar for Springfield public schools, pushing the last day to June 4th. WUIS took a look at how it's decided that school should be canceled ...

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