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Rauner Questions the Need for 850-plus School Districts in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday said that it’s a “travesty” for Illinois to be “dead last” in general funding for its schools and promised to send more money to classrooms. He told about 600 members of the Education Writers Association at their annual conference that he is “personally committed” to increasing financial support for his state’s schools, which lost millions of dollars during the financial crisis. Earlier this year, he proposed a budget that included a $300 million increase for K-12 schools next year while calling for cuts elsewhere, including roughly $400 million from higher education.