Illinois is forced to make big cuts to education budget

07/22/2009 | Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

The Illinois State Board of Education approved a $7.26 billion budget for the upcoming school year after trimming $146 million. The cuts hit a number of education initiatives hard, including early-childhood education, programs for gifted children and performance incentives for teachers. Lawmakers warn of further cuts to come next year because of a halt in federal stimulus funding.

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