Emanuel Protests State Plan For Education Cuts

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Top Illinois House leaders are proposing a big cut in education spending in the coming fiscal year.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is not happy.

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Gov. Pat Quinn hopes to increase education spending statewide by $225 million. But Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) are backing a proposal that would cut at least $200 million from the education budget, with Chicago taking a hit of $40 million to $60 million.

Emanuel is coming out strongly against the plan.

“One mayor at a time, but they know my interests as it relates to the schools; our responsibility for education,” Emanuel said. “CPS – the Chicago Public Schools – are already facing a difficult budget, and it doesn’t need to be made more difficult,” Emanuel said.

Emanuel says he has not gotten a chance to see the nuts and bolts of the Madigan-Cross plan, but he intends to do so.

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  • Altumdreams

    Watch they’ll cut teachers instead of administrators that are not only overpaid though have a ridiculous amount of assistants that do 90% of their job. Then they won’t cut the incompetent teachers because they make all decisions based on when they were hired instead of their actual performance and if they are good teachers or horrible teachers. Typical Democrat Party/Union Monopoly program that is broke and needs to be eliminated. A voucher system would be a good start.

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