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The numbers don’t add up for Illinois school kids

By Benjamin Yount

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If only school kids in Illinois were as important as school superintendents.

Illinois is staring at a $680 million increase for its pension payments — the total will top $7.5 billion next year — but the state has no new money to pay that tab.

Schools get $6 billion a year, but could face a massive cut in 2015.

Emily Miller, policy advocacy director for Voices for Illinois Children, said that cut could be as much as $1 billion. Miller went over the sad math with Benjamin Yount on Illinois Watchdog Radio.

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Listen to the interview between Emily Miller and Ben Yount online at Illinois Watchdog Radio.

 

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