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ISBE Announces FY15 Budget Hearings
ISBE Announces FY15 Budget Hearings

The Illinois State Board of education will be holding public hearings across the state to discuss the education FY15 budget.

One of the main topics will be the state board’s funding principals, which include adequacy, transparency, equity and outcome-focused. Spokesperson Amanda Simhauser says simplicity is about making sure everyone can understand the message.

“Everyone contributes the minimum tax rate and that can be adjusted for student need by weighing the formula out for additional resources.”

Five public hearings have been scheduled over the next two months to discuss the FY15 budget. Simhauser says the information obtained from these gatherings will be discussed with Board of Education and the Senate Education Advisory Committee.

“Budget hearings really give an opportunity to the public to let the baord know what they beleive should be a priority as far as education spending goes.”

This is all part of a process to put the budget together. It is unclear if there are any hard numbers involing the FY15 budget at this time.

The meetings will take place over the next two months. If you cannot attend one of the five stops in Carbondale, Champaign, Grayslake, Macomb and Chicago, email your opinions to isbefy15@isbe.net.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Immediately following board meeting (4 to 6 p.m.) –  Carbondale – Carbondale  Community High School Library, 1301 E. Walnut St., Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 – 4 to 6 p.m. – Champaign – Champaign Public  Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 – 4 to 6 p.m. – Grayslake – College of Lake  County, Auditorium, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL 60030
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 4 to 6 p.m. – Macomb – Macomb High  School Library, 1525 S. Johnson St., Macomb, IL 61455
  • Friday, Nov. 22 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Chicago – Thompson Center,  Conference Room 16-503, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601