A good crowd of residents from throughout the area, and many school superintendents from throughout Illinois, gathered in Vandalia Wednesday afternoon to rally for a state budget, which provides equitable funding for schools.
Rich Well, Vandalia superintendent, provided the opening comments, noting that his 1,500 students in Vandalia are suffering under the current funding inequity in Illinois.
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Mulberry Grove Superintendent Brad Turner and Bond Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson attended the rally.
Turner said the rally was important to continue to get the word out that kids are the most important priority. He said the legislators need to hear that message and know that the state, as a whole, is united.
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Olson was impressed that school officials from throughout the state gathered in Vandalia for the event, forming a diverse group of sizes and demographics.
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Among the speakers at the 30-minute rally were Chicago Schools CEO Forest Claypool, originally from St. Elmo, and Mike Gauch, former Mulberry Grove Superintendent and current superintendent at Harrisburg.