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IFT response to passage of stopgap higher education funding bill

4/22/2016
WESTMONT — Following passage of Senate Bill 2059, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released this statement:
"While this bill is not a long-term budget solution, it is a critical stopgap measure that will prevent immediate college closures, help our students plan for their future, and begin to address the crisis Governor Rauner created. For almost a year, the Governor has made unreasonable political demands a condition of passing a state budget and vetoed funding for higher education and students in need. We urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law and then refocus his priorities. It’s time to fully fund education. It’s time to fully fund social services. And it’s time to pass a full and sufficient budget for the current and upcoming fiscal years."

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The Illinois Federation of Teachers represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.

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