Illinois State Board of Education asking for $730 million more in funding

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Board of Education officials are asking state lawmakers to consider providing an additional $730 million for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade funding for fiscal year 2016.

The proposal, approved by board members on Wednesday, would provide enough money to fully fund general state aid for schools throughout Illinois.

According to Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch, general state aid make up most of the ISBE's budget.  Koch adds that school districts have received less money than they're owed for the previous four years, and that many districts are struggling with the lack of funds.  

ISBE officials say that even with the increased funding, the budget would be five percent less than 2009's budget, when adjusted for inflation.
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