It’s time to take education off the chopping block.
State budget cuts are coming. That seems certain. We don’t envy our lawmakers the task of putting the state’s finances in order, even though it’s one they deserve for many years of runaway spending. This time, lawmakers need to consider other alternatives to education cuts --- including an overdue revision of the state school funding formula --- before sharpening their budget knives.
The people of Illinois can’t afford the eventual price of more educational cuts — a further-damaged state business climate, more unskilled and idled workers, and high-priced strategies to deal with increases in crimes and social problems.