ISBE Responds To School Budget Cuts

Mar 24, 2015

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:

"While we understand the dire circumstances facing the state, we have grave concerns about these cuts and their impact to school districts, especially this late in the fiscal year. These districts have very little leeway to absorb these cut and make the necessary fiscal adjustments this late in the fiscal year given the spending pressures they’re already under."

Illinois schools have lost more than 10 percent of promised state aid each of the past two years.