A budget request that’s an increase from the current year, and an increase from what the governor’s budget proposes, got the attention of an Illinois House education appropriations committee. The Illinois State Board of Education is asking for $7.535 billion. State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) asked state superintendent Chris Koch where he’ll find the money for the 10 percent increase he seeks.
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“The state board is doing its best to take the revenue projections into consideration,” said Koch. “Our job is to come forward and advocate for our schools in terms of what’s needed.”
That answer did not satisfy McSweeney, who accused Koch of being unrealistic.
The governor’s new secretary of education, Beth Purvis, attended the meeting but, responding to repeated prompts from the chairman, State Rep. Will Davis (D-Homewood), said she was not prepared to discuss budgeting.