Education A State Capitals Roundup

Illinois Governor Is Urged to Drop Preschool Initiative

By Linda Jacobson — March 28, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich should abandon his $45 million plans to provide preschool for all of the state’s 3- and 4-year-olds and health coverage for all uninsured children in Illinois, and instead focus on paying for the state’s pension obligations, according to a report from the Chicago-based Civic Federation.

“State of Illinois FY2007 Recommended Operating Budget: Analysis and Recommendations” is available from the Civil Federation.

“The state should meet existing obligations before undertaking expensive new programs, especially those with recurring costs,” the report says of the governor’s proposed $45.4 billion budget for fiscal 2007.

The nonpartisan government-research organization recommended that the governor convene a commission to conduct a comprehensive review of state spending priorities.

But Lena Parsons, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office of management and budget, said that Gov. Blagojevich, a Democrat, has done a better job than his predecessors of paying for the pension system.

A version of this article appeared in the March 29, 2006 edition of Education Week

Events

Reading & Literacy Webinar A Roadmap to Multisensory Early Literacy Instruction: Accelerate Growth for All Students 
How can you develop key literacy skills with a diverse range of learners? Explore best practices and tips to meet the needs of all students. 
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
College & Workforce Readiness Webinar
Supporting 21st Century Skills with a Whole-Child Focus
What skills do students need to succeed in the 21st century? Explore the latest strategies to best prepare students for college, career, and life.
Content provided by Panorama Education
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum What Will It Take for Schools to Get Better?
Find out what educators and leaders can do to incite lasting and productive change that will make a difference in the lives of students.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: July 13, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 15, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 8, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: June 1, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read