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IL: School funding pushed

LANE TECH | Coalition demands lawmakers impose no cuts

Upset about proposed cuts in the Chicago Public Schools system, a parent and teacher coalition protested on the lawn of Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison, Sunday, demanding their elected officials stand up to keep cuts at bay.

The Raise Your Hand Coalition wants the General Assembly, which is scheduled to adjourn Friday, to pass a 2010 budget that maintains funding equal to that of last year’s levels.

“We, as parents, believe the education of our kids is the most important thing, and we want them to know that when they pass the budget, they’d better have full funding for schools in it,” said Jonathan Goldman, local school council chairman for Drummond Elementary School.

The state’s funding problems have raised the prospect of class sizes growing to up to 35 children and for cuts in early-childhood education and other areas.

Josie Yanguas, director of Illinois Resource Center, which supports bilingual education, urged the crowd of about 600 to appeal to lawmakers to maintain state funding for bilingual programs.

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