Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan.

The fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan shows why electing Bruce Rauner would have a disastrous effect on public school students in Illinois.

If enacted, the Rauner tax plan would leave an $8 billion hole in the state budget. Since education makes up half of the state’s discretionary budget, that means $4 billion would be cut from our schools.

These cuts would force districts to lay off more than 27,000 teachers statewide, along with support staff. Cutting teachers and staff would mean much bigger class sizes, fewer electives and, in many districts, the end of arts, sports and extracurricular activities.

We can’t have great schools in Illinois if we’re cutting funding at the same time. The Rauner tax plan is a fraud.

Gov. Pat Quinn has consistently supported our calls for adequate funding for all public schools. We know he will continue to fight for education.

IEA supports Governor Quinn for re-election because he believes every student, everywhere in Illinois, deserves a quality school.

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