Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a fiscal year 2011 budget that will confront Illinois' financial crisis. Fighting for Illinois is Governor Quinn's plan to repair the state's $13 billion fiscal deficit.
While the Governor's plan calls for creating jobs, cutting costs, strategic borrowing, continued federal assistance, and increasing state revenue, the budget also includes than $2 billion in proposed cuts with a profound cutback in education funding.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) faces a deficit of between $600 million and $700 million. CPS CEO Ron Huberman, announced that class sizes for the coming school year would be 35 - 37 students.
This week, hundreds of Chicago Public Schools parents gathered outside the Thompson Center to rally against the prospect of exceedingly large class sizes.