The Sun ran a story on Thursday detailing the funding woes in District 204. Unlike many of these kinds of stories, the district is facing millions in deficits not because of anything it did, but because the state of Illinois is failing to pay the money it owes. The state owes the district more than $7.8 million for the current year, and the district fears the state may not come through with $14 million to $20 million in funding for the next year.
Without the funds, the district may have to lay off employees and make other cuts, beyond those already made to deal with other deficits.
District 204 isn't the only one facing this problem; all of the state's schools are starting to worry about state funds in the future with Illinois projecting a $13 billion debt with no solutions in sight.
What do you think about this? Is it fair for local schools to suffer and people to lose their jobs because of the state's problems? Is there anything we can do on a local level to respond?