A $6.6 billion budget is good news to members of the Illinois State Board of Education.

“After several years of cuts, even though our recommendation from the state board was higher, we are comfortable with at least level funding this year,” said board member David Fields.

The General Assembly chose to restore some of the governor's recommended cuts to elementary and secondary education after the “April surprise,” though Fields says he knows that’s a one-time windfall that can’t be expected every year.

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“We’re doing the very best we can, and we’re advocating for them wherever we can and to whomever we can,” says Fields, “to highlight the importance of the impact of resources have on schools. And when we’re asking our schools to do more and more, it’s extremely important to be supportive of that through our funding efforts.”