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IFT Statement on the Adjournment of the Legislative Session

Westmont, IL – Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery issued this statement following the adjournment of the spring legislative session and passage of the FY 25 budget:

“Passing this budget is crucial for our state's success. The IFT supports and applauds the legislature's additional investments in early childhood education of $75 million, an additional $350 million toward the school funding formula, and continued investment in teachers’ recruitment and retention programs. However, the meager increase in higher education funding falls woefully short.

“The additional $10 million for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP), bringing full investment in the program to $711 million, is a commendable step. This increased funding will enhance the financial stability of our public colleges and universities, making higher education more affordable for students, particularly Black, Brown, and low-income students who benefit the most. A two percent increase to our state universities is not good enough, however. Funding for our state universities has been decimated over the past two decades and it shows. They require meaningful re-investment now.




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