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Schools, students lose if tax rollback occurs

classroom-mr022814“It’s going to have a major impact on the lives of students and the people who educate them,” said State Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, about the budget impact on public school funding for Fiscal Year 2015.

Senate President John Cullerton's office released details on the effects on public schools of an income tax rollback Wednesday. School districts will lose more than $450 million in general state aid funding if that tax revenue goes away.

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Illinois Network of Charter Schools Lobby Day (VIDEO)

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) recently held their their annual lobby day at the Capitol.

Hundreds of students, teachers and parents flooded the Capitol to advocate for charter schools.

INCS held a rally where students illustrated their experiences being educated at a charter school. Also, administrators spoke about their efforts in providing an alternative choice in education.

   

Holmes receives Friend of Education award

IEA AwardRState Senator Linda Holmes (D – Aurora) received the prestigious Friend of Education award over the weekend at the Illinois Education Associations’ annual meeting.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of Education award from the IEA,” Holmes said.  “It’s a testament to the work we have done together to ensure that every Illinois student receives a quality education.”

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Fair Tax supporters converge on Capitol (VIDEO)

A diverse congregation of more than 500 faith leaders converged on the Capitol this week calling on legislators to support a Fair Tax in Illinois. The Community Renewal Society, an organization founded more than one hundred years ago to eradicate racism and poverty, organized the event that included a rally near the Lincoln statue.

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