Metro East parents frustrated over budget cuts in school districts - KMOV.com

Metro East parents frustrated over budget cuts in school districts

(KMOV)-- Parents are aiming a lot frustration at lawmakers in Springfield.

School districts across Illinois are facing serious budget cuts. Many blame politicians for failing to come up with real solutions to the state budget crisis.
 
Families packed the middle school gym in Piasa, Illinois Wednesday to learn about how the cuts could affect their kids.
 
The southwestern school board is struggling to carve $2.3 million out of next year’s budget.
 
The state expects to cut 1.1 million in funding next school year. Compounding the issue? Illinois is already behind in paying the district money promises last semester.
 
As of December, the state owes southwestern schools $1.2 million.
 
The toughest decisions will be made in the coming weeks. The district proposes laying off 19 teachers and 48 other employees, including 21 teachers aides.
 
Decisions have to be made by next school board meeting Mar. 16th. In the meantime the district is asking families for suggestions to raise funds and contact lawmakers.
 

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