HEADLINES : Illinois
House budget would have 'drastic' effects on school districts
The Springfield School District could see a significant drop in general state aid, which accounts for about 30 percent of its education fund budget, if a resolution passed this spring by the Illinois House is ultimately approved.
For the 2011-12 school year, the district received $35.6 million in general state aid. If the resolution passes, the district could see a drop by as much as $5.7 million.
In a bipartisan vote, the House on March 29 voted to spend $800 million of next year's tax receipts on paying down old bills, money that won't then be available for other state programs, including education.
Senate Democrats on Friday outlined their own budget proposal, which calls for education spending to remain level in fiscal 2013.
Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said previously that he looks forward to working with the House on crafting a budget, but the spring session is winding down, scheduled to end in just a week and a half.