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New ISBE superintendent supportive of added education funding New ISBE superintendent supportive of added education funding

New ISBE superintendent supportive of added education funding

During just her third day on the job, Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala told a Senate appropriations committee Tuesday she was encouraged by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s public education funding proposal for fiscal year 2020. That’s because the proposal adds $375 million to the state’s evidence-based funding formula and $100 million to early childhood education among funding increases in other areas.

Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion

Southern Illinois seeks funding for campuses, highway expansion

Local officials from southern Illinois told state lawmakers Monday their highest priorities in a hoped-for public works package are upgrades to college and university campuses and expansion of regional highways. That expansion would include a proposed “Southwest Illinois Connector” linking the Carbondale and Murphysboro areas to the eastern edge of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
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