The governor and the Illinois School Board of Education have released their proposals for the 2014 education budget, and they are not on the same page.
While the governor wants another reduction, the board wants schools to be fully funded to recommended levels for the first time in three years.
Chris Koch, state superintendent of education says the state also has an Illinois a constitutional provision for funding K-12 education, which educators don’t feel is being met. He says they have been very vocal about that this year more than ever, in part because they are hearing so much about the constitutional protections of pensions. And they wanted to bring to mind that article x also talks about how the state is supposed to adequately fund K-12 education.
Koch said changes should be made to the formula used to fund education because it relies heavily on property taxes and has complexities that can be hard to understand. Koch also said if something isn’t done, there will be school closings across the state.
He says the state school board has already had two districts go to them and say they can’t make payroll by the end of the school year.
He says there are school districts that have proposed four-day school weeks. And districts that have proposed shorter school days.