SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 17, 2016 – The governor’s budget, despite the funding proposal for preK-12 education, is a great disappointment to the 130,000 educators who are members of the Illinois Education Association, because it fails to meet our students’ needs.
The governor’s proposal continues to financially starve higher education at a time when funding cuts threaten the very existence of some our state’s finest colleges and universities.
In addition, many students come to our classrooms from extremely stressful homes, which has a tremendous negative impact on the ability of these children to learn. Agencies that help our state’s most vulnerable citizens, by providing child care, by providing services that help veterans, senior citizens and children, have reduced programs or shut down completely as a result of Governor Rauner’s misplaced priorities.
The governor’s job is to unite Illinois, but this proposal continues his “divide and conquer” approach to governing. It is time the governor put his political priorities aside and propose a budget that meets the needs of all citizens.