ISBE plans vote on $97 million for neediest schools

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education plans to vote on a plan to feed $97 million into Illinois schools with the greatest funding needs.
Lawmakers heard testimony on the proposal during a Senate appropriations committee Wednesday. The vote will be later Wednesday.
The board’s plan would restore 95 percent of funding to about 30 school districts whose state funding was cut in a March budget deal.
The bipartisan agreement to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole came with more than $1.3 billion in fund transfers and a 2.25 percent across-the-board cut to state funding. It also gave Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner authority over $97 million to redistribute to needy schools.
Rauner has pledged to increase funding for schools but signed the deal with cuts that include state aid for education.