Board of Education president warns about cuts

May 24, 2008 3:09:25 PM PDT
Chicago's Board of Education president warned Saturday that schools must slash programs unless the state provides adequate funding. President Rufus Williams was among officials who spoke at Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters. He said the school board is required to increase teacher pay by $100 million, but he said the general assembly could give Chicago schools, at most, only $60 million.

"I don't know where the cuts will be, but the cuts will be deep, and the cuts will be severe," Williams said.

"I'm ashamed of our state government as a whole. Individually, I advocate for a revenue system so we can invest in education on the front end, so we don't have to invest in incarceration on the back end," said State Sen. Kwame Raoul.

"The best reduction in violence plan we have is more education, and more jobs upon graduation," Rainbow PUSH President Rev. Jesse Jackson said.

Jackson also said the legislature should also fight violence by banning assault weapons.


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