The education budget is still currently up in the air. It's one area where the state spends most of its money and a service affecting nearly everyone. But, over the past few months, budgeting for it has been "all over the place." There's almost a half-billion dollars difference.
First, Governor Quinn slashed classroom funding statewide. Now, lawmakers put all the money back in to match what schools got last year. The State Board of Education says it's happy with that, but the final word is still actually up to the governor.
The board originally asked the state for more than $800,000, on top of what they're set to get, to make up for cuts the past few years and get schools back to normal funding levels. They didn't get any of that money, but the board says Illinois will be worse off if it doesn't spend money now to educate children.