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How about no unfunded mandates for schools? Illinois lawmakers like it



Here's a bill that Florida school officials might like if it ever surfaced in the Florida Legislature.

The Illinois General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved legislation saying that school districts could opt out of new state mandates that don't have money attached to them. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that the initiative, put forth by a lawmaker who's also a superintendent, aims to give schools a little relief as they struggle with budgets.

Several districts have turned to layoffs recently amid uncertain state funding, the Pantagraph states.

We've heard plenty of Florida reps and senators talk about flexibility for our districts, which are looking at another year of budget cuts. Yet they're also moving legislation that would require spending money on new tests, textbooks, pay plans and other such items.

Anyone think a ban on unfunded mandates could happen here?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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