Rauner Talks School Funding

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Peoria Public Schools is scheduled to talk about a budget for the 2015-2016 school year at Monday’s school board meeting.

It’s attempting to iron out a $3.9 million deficit in the education fund and $7.6 million deficit in the operating fund.

But the district will have to keep in mind the viability of the state’s stop-gap budget, a six-month agreement between lawmakers that was reached in early July stabilizing funding to schools through the first half of the year.

“Illinois has not been competitive…and that has kept us from funding our schools properly and funding or human services,” says Governor Bruce Rauner, speaking at the opening of Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery on Monday.

Rauner says that creating a better business environment will lead to more tax dollars, making it easier to fund schools.

“We need to become competitive so that we can become more compassionate and fund schools,” Rauner said.

In terms of when schools can expect clarity, Rauner says that some lawmakers won’t talk about the budget until following the November election.

Rauner claims he has been meeting with some leaders on both sides of the aisle and expects budget talks to increase in the coming months.

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