City Voices March 2007: Paying for public schools

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to pump $1.5 billion in new funding into schools next year, including $300 million to CPS. Senate President Emil Jones, CEO Arne Duncan and others back the plan. But how likely is it to pass? How much more will the plan raise per-pupil funding. And what do education advocates, who have been lobbying for years for a structural overhaul of school funding that would include property tax relief, think of the governor’s proposal. Guest: Mary Ellen Guest, campaign manager for A+ Illinois, a coalition of funding reform advocates.