Peoria Public Radio Staff
Tue March 12, 2013
Illinois education board asks for more funding
A week after Governor Pat Quinn suggested lawmakers slash the state's education budget -- Illinois school officials are asking them to instead increase spending on schools. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more:
"I mean, how about this one: How about a four-day school week? There are people calling … suggesting that they want to go to a four-day school week to make the budget balance. I mean, we are going get weird here. Because it's financial desperation."
"I mean, I think that what we need from you is really the realistic figure, and not the dream figure, because I just don't see that that's going to happen." Officials from the State Board of Ed reject the idea that education spending has to be cut ... and say it should be Illinois' highest budget priority.