Open budget hearings scheduled for public education

In preparation of the fiscal year 2020 budget, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has scheduled three statewide budget hearings in an effort to hear funding recommendations for public education. Educators, advocates, and community members are encouraged to communicate their funding requests in person at one of the upcoming hearings.

The open hearings for the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for public education statewide will take place in:

Springfield – Wednesday, Oct. 17, immediately following the Board meeting, around 11 a.m. in the ISBE Board Room (100 N. First St.)
Mount Vernon – Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center (401 North 30th St.)
Chicago – Friday, Nov. 16, immediately following the Board meeting, around 11 a.m. at the Thompson Center in Conference Room 16-503 (100 W. Randolph St.)

Individuals should submit their funding requests by completing the form available at and emailing the form to

The State Board finalizes its funding recommendations for prekindergarten through 12th grade public education in January and submits them to the General Assembly and the Governor in February.

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