There's less money to go around for kindergarten-through-12rh-grade education. A new national report shows how much less. Illinois is about one-third of the way from the bottom – with per-pupil spending down 9.3% since the 2007-09 recession. Voices for Illinois Children is promoting the results, and that organization's Fiscal Policy Center director, David Lloyd, says he sees no way to fill the hole created by the rollback of the state income tax, scheduled to recede from 5 percent to 3.75 percent at the end of the year.
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Lloyd says the report does not use the accounting tricks which support the “facts” in the political ads these days. “It looks at inflation-adjusted numbers, which takes into account the rising costs we all experience every day,” Lloyd says. “There was the expiration of the stimulus dollars, which provided a crucial lifeline.” The national report comes from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.