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Rauner OK's 2016 school funding: Break in budget stalemate or last move before dig-in?

Jun 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday signed into a law a bill that will let state money flow to schools so they can open their doors on time.

The measure, House Bill 3763, authorizes spending for general state aid, early childhood education, bilingual education and the teachers retirement system.

It also increases kindergarten through 12th-grade educational spending by $244 million and early childhood education funding by $25 million.

The increases are less than the increases of $312 million and $32 million than the governor sought, but Rauner said it was time to act.

“I would have done more for our schoolchildren, but I…

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