Editorial: Give us $10 million, then trust us; yeah, right
We've all heard that more individual attention will help children in their early learning years develop better in their later years.
So, smaller class sizes for kindergarten through third-grade classes sound ideal to address that problem - if you say it fast enough.
But, there is a problem. Make that two problems.
An Illinois House committee has approved $10 million to give $50,000 grants to hire teachers to reduce 200 kindergarten through third-grade classes in Illinois.
The Illinois State Board of Education said the grants would be evenly distributed within the state.
But there are no specifics of that plan, the No. 1 problem. Nor will there be until after the legislation becomes law, according to the state board.
The House committee didn't seem a bit concerned about where the $10 million, plus expected salary increases, will come from the following year. Hey, it's just money - money that we keep hearing the state can't afford.
That's problem No. 2. That's sufficient, we don't need to look for any more problems.
Any legislator who buys this pig-in-a-poke idea doesn't deserve to be representing us.
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