WESTMONT – Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery issued this statement today after the state legislature passed a Fiscal Year 2023 budget.
“The FY23 budget passed today is further proof that Governor Pritzker prioritizes public education at every level. Budgeting for the annual $350 million increase to the evidence-based funding model puts our state one year closer to achieving equitable funding and eliminating disparities in districts statewide. Budget increases for community colleges and universities are an important step towards the much-needed reinvestment in public higher education and making college more affordable.
“We applaud the governor and lawmakers for crafting a budget that invests in public schools and vital services and provides relief for Illinois families. The pandemic will have a lasting impact on students, educators, school staff, and our communities. But by expanding the earned income tax credit, cutting grocery and gas taxes, and offering property tax rebates, this budget will provide the economic support that families desperately need right now.
“The IFT looks forward to continuing our work with Governor Pritzker as he focuses on the state’s economic recovery.”