Ill. education begins to build budget proposal


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois State Board of Education is giving taxpayers a chance to weigh in on school funding in the next state budget.

The board said Monday it is launching a series of public hearings to gather feedback.

Officials say hearings can provide insight into local priorities and put a face on the two million students in Illinois public schools.

State government provides about 30 percent of school money in Illinois. Local funds account for 55 percent and federal aid covers the rest.

The State Board of Education has consistently recommended increased education spending, but Illinois has cut funds by $650 million the last few years.

Hearings are scheduled for Springfield, Edwardsville, Champaign, Wheeling and Chicago.

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