Local coalition leaves for Springfield to fight for more education spending

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A group of local unions and organizations will head to Springfield to try and convince state leaders to spend more on schools.

The group says a major reason for school district's all across the state firing staff and cutting programs is because the state hasn't funded education the way it should.

"I know the education I got," said Illinois Education Association member Ben Baar who will be going with the group. "I don't want my children to suffer because there's isn't money to spend."

The group will ask legislators to increase education spending by one billion dollars so schools don't have to fire teachers and cut programs like sports, art, and music.

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