What it would look like if Ilinois actually valued school kids


By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois’ state budget climbed to $35 billion a year, schools in the Land of Lincoln are seeing less from state government.

Schools are getting 89 cents on the dollar from lawmakers, and might get less next year.

Against that backdrop comes a new school funding plan, the Vision 20/20 proposal, that shows what Illinois’ budget would look like if the state truly valued public schools.

Mike Jacoby, executive director of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, joined Benjamin Yount on Illinois Watchdog Radio to explain why Illinois should be spending $10 billion a year (not just under $7 billion) on public schools.