Illinois / Education
2:55 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Ill. state schools chief says budget cuts hurt reform

Illinois' education chief says the state hasn't provided enough money to institute a new education reform law that's been praised nationwide.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month legislation that makes it harder for teachers to strike and easier for districts to fire them, among other things. The bill had support from unions and advocacy groups.

But State Schools Superintendent Christopher Koch tells The Chicago Tribune that it's an aggressive reform and education officials are being forced to do more with less. And it could take longer for changes to kick in.

The budget is $32.9 billion, which is $2 billion less than the previous one.

State education officials say budget cuts hurt efforts to move reforms forward, including cutting a model for performance evaluations and mentoring programs.