Republican candidates for governor believe the problem with the state’s education system comes down to funding. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) believes the first step to better schools is to get rid of the State Board of Education and allow more control of funds at the local level. “So I’m going to abolish it, I’m going to empower regional offices of education through their community college to deliver the services that are necessary and write them a check and let them make their decisions,” Brady said.
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State Treasurer Dan Rutherford shares Brady’s view that education funding must be more fairly distributed across the state, but says other issues are making it hard to provide more money to schools. “Will the state public pension issue be resolved through the courts or not?” Rutherford asked. “If it is not under the current (law), that puts a major issue with regards to the budget.” Rutherford promises that if he’s elected, he’ll veto any unfunded state mandates to schools.