The Illinois State Board of education will be holding public hearings across the state to discuss the education budget for Fiscal Year 2015. One of the main topics will be the state board’s funding principals, which include adequacy, transparency, equity and outcome-focus. Spokesman Amanda Simhauser says simplicity is about making sure everyone can understand the message.
“Everyone contributes the minimum tax rate and that can be adjusted for student need by weighing the formula out for additional resources,” she said.
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Five public hearings have been scheduled over the next two months to discuss the budget. Simhauser says the information obtained from these gatherings will be discussed with Board of Education and the Senate Education Advisory Committee.
Hearing dates:
-  Oct. 23, Carbondale, 6 p.m., Carbondale Community High School Library, 1301 E. Walnut St.
-  Nov. 12, Champaign, 4 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St.
-  Nov. 14, Grayslake, 4 p.m., College of Lake County, Auditorium, 19351 W. Washington St.
-  Nov. 20, Macomb, 4 p.m., Macomb High School Library, 1525 S. Johnson St.
-  Nov. 22, Chicago, 11 a.m., Thompson Center, Room 16-503, 100 W. Randolph St.
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