The Illinois State Board of Education came to Granite City Monday to listen to concerns over funding for the next school year.
The ISBE has been touring the state in anticipation of talks over the budget for 2017-18.
They heard about concerns over money for agriculture education, technical training and early childhood education.
Granite City's Police Chief Richard Miller spoke about increased funding for Early Childhood Block Grant,
"It's clear when you make smart investments in our children that years later they're less involved in criminal activity," Miller said.
Granite City School Superintendent Jim Greenwald says his district can't cut anymore.
"We have closed buildings, we have cut staff, we have cut extracurriculars," Greenwald told News 4.
State Board of Education officials say they plan to use the information they gather from around the state to lobby state lawmakers and the governor.
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