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State budget cuts could leave local school districts with less funding

Posted by wlpo on May 15, 2012

While your children are looking forward to summer vacation, state lawmakers will have education on the mind as they figure out a state budget.  One way lawmakers could cut the budget would be to make local schools pick up the cost of pensions.  The state has also been reimbursing schools less for driving students to and from school.

State Superintend of Illinois public schools Chris Coch says anytime the state doesn’t pay the schools the costs are made up locally with property taxes or cuts.

Coch says districts feeling the pinch could have to reduce staff and cut un-mandated programs like arts and music.  He says some districts have had to borrow money or have had a hard time making payroll.

He doesn’t know yet what will happen with Regional Offices of Superintends.  There’s a proposal to streamline offices.

It’s unclear when state lawmakers will pass a budget and Governor Pat Quinn will sign it.

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