Jones, for now, in Blagojevich's corner
State Senate President Emil Jones Jr. (D-Chicago) is backing away from a tax
plan championed by advocates of school funding reform and now says he
favors Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposal to boost education spending.
Campaign: $4 billion for schools
reformers in Illinois are eternal optimists, seeing every legislative
session as their big chance to dramatically increase state funding of
public schools. This year, though, there is reason to believe they may
actually pull it off. Activists and lawmakers say this is the year
school finance reform will happen, despite Gov. Rod Blagojevich's vow
not to raise general taxes.
National funders spur grassroots reform
As longtime watchdogs fall, community-based groups get a boost to focus on improving student performance.
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