Cappel BudgetAddress

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Loughran Cappel sees a strong framework that would make key investments for Illinois’ education systems outlined in the governor’s proposed budget.

The proposed budget includes $250 million to prepare children to be lifelong learners and strengthen students’ futures by providing greater opportunities from birth to college.

“As a former special education teacher, I know the importance of getting kids in the classroom at an early age,” said Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “I’ve heard a number of stories from parents that encounter barriers to sending their kids to early childhood programs. It’s time for us to prioritize a child’s education from a young age so they can have every opportunity to learn more as they get older.”

The proposal also continues the commitment of a $350 million increase to the Evidence-Based Funding model for K-12 education to help Illinois students succeed in the classroom.

Increased funding to make college more affordable for working families through the MAP grant program was proposed – a move Loughran Cappel believes is vital for students who want to pursue higher education.

Additionally, the proposal includes building the teacher pipeline by providing funding for teacher recruitment and retention.

“I have been a devoted advocate for all levels of education and teachers even before I was state senator,” Loughran Cappel said. “We have to provide the much needed resources for students so they can go to school without leaving a financial burden on themselves or their families and ensure that teachers can efficiently and successfully do their jobs. This proposal provides a framework that we can work through to prioritize education for all.”

Workforce development and Career and Technical Education investments are also included in the budget proposal, setting up Illinois’ workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

Loughran Cappel serves as chair of the Senate Appropriations-Education Committee for the 103rd General Assembly. The committee will work through the budget process to allocate funding for early education, K-12 education and higher education across the state.

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