The wait continues for a new state budget in Illinois.
Bond County Unit 2 Superintendent Wes Olson was among those who were in Springfield Wednesday to relate the urgency of a budget being approved.
He said 40 or 50 school officials visited to the state capitol and seven or eight spoke on behalf of Illinois schools. Olson said almost 2/3 of the districts and children in the State of Illinois have joined in the effort to reach out to lawmakers and the governor, encouraging them to pass a full budget, fix the K-12 funding formula, and pay school districts what they are owed this year.
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Olson said he believes legislators are listening. He also said it helps when citizens reach out to their representatives on behalf of the school. He reported that partisan lines have been drawn in the process, most likely leading to the current gridlock. He hopes lawmakers can find middle ground for the sake of the students.
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Olson added the uncertainty of funding for higher education is leading to more and more Illinois students going out of the state for college.