ILLINOIS (WIFR) – The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers for more money to the tune of $1 billion.
The board has approved a budget request asking for education to represent one third of the total state budget Education leaders say schools are getting shortchanged and that statewide, schools have been cut nearly $800 million since 2009. However, local state senator Dave Syverson says this request is unrealistic since the state is already billions of dollars behind.
“The state can’t pay its bills now and so the idea of putting even more money into something when the dollars aren’t there, it just can’t happen,” Sen. Dave Syverson (R)- 35th District said.
For the 2012-2013 school year, Illinois schools got more than $9 billion total. Syverson says education gets the second largest funding behind Medicaid. Lawmakers will start discussing the budget next week.