Superintendents from all over the state are urging Illinois lawmakers to pass a state budget.
Now that Illinois legislators are back in Springfield from Spring Break, more than 390 superintendents are calling for a state budget to be passed. The initiative titled, “Pass Illinois’ Budget!” is also calling for lawmakers to pay school districts the millions of dollars owed to them. Schools are struggling with a partially-funded budget while the State Government is in a impasse. For instance, twenty-six percent of Effingham Unit #40’s budget is made of State revenue. While the General State Aid payments are arriving on time, the categorical payments are not. Effingham Unit #40 received one late quarter payment from last fiscal year.
Effingham Superintendent, Mark Doan stated, ” I stand with more than 390 superintendents from across the state in a call for action. We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future”.
More than twenty local public school superintendents are showing their support for this initiative. They include superintendents from South Central, Vandalia, Windsor, Casey-Westfield, Effingham, Altamont, Teutopolis, Brownstown, Dieterich, Neoga, Shelbyville, Stewardson-Strasburg, Beecher City, Sullivan, Cumberland, Richland, Mattoon, Flora, St. Elmo, North Clay, Marshall, and Martinsville.