Haine on educationSPRINGFIELD – As schools across the Metro East wrap up the school year, State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) supported a $7 billion state education funding plan that would allow schools to open on time for the next school year unless Gov. Bruce Rauner rejects the plan.

Additionally, Haine has consistently been a strong supporter of higher education, and continued his support this week by voting against a proposed funding cut to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“The possible cuts that could occur under the governor’s plan are disturbing,” Haine Said. “His plan uses what appears to be a small increase in education as a mask for the proposed elimination of state funding for agricultural education, advances placement classes, foreign language instruction and other key curriculum components.

“Today, however, we had a win. With this measure we hope we can convince Governor Rauner to revisit his priorities and promise to better fund our schools and make Illinois more compassionate and competitive.”

he measure passed in the Illinois Senate today would save school funding and allow schools to stay open and provide quality education.

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