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|February 2, 2000|
McGEE PLEASED WITH GOVERNOR RYAN’S EDUCATION EMPHASIS
“I am certainly very
pleased with Governor Ryan’s emphasis on education in his State of the
State/Budget address,” said State Superintendent of Education Glenn W.
“Once again, the
Governor has exceeded his campaign promise of providing 51% of new
revenue for education and workforce training,” McGee said.
“This budget proposes that 56% of new revenues be directed to
education and job training programs.
“This budget level will
provide strong support for the five priorities we are targeting:
Standards, Assessment and Accountability; High Quality Educators;
Reading and Mathematics; Early Learning; and Schools in Academic
“In addition, this is
the first time that an Illinois governor’s budget proposal has matched
the funding level requested by the State Board of Education.
“I am grateful for that
support, and I look forward to working with the Governor and General
Assembly to achieve a final budget that supports the efforts of schools
as they help students meet or exceed the rigorous Illinois Learning