By: Jillian Wilson
The governor's plan for the 2014 budget focused mostly on the pension crisis. Leaving educators asking, what about us?
"I can't imagine there is funding for new types of programs. I mean there's not funding for old types of programs," says Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent Moline School District.
The Moline superintendent says the district is already tight on money, and he says he can't imagine any more cut backs.
"You're talking about huge populations of students that aren't even considered in a recommendation that is already underfunded," says Moyer.
But the governor did say early childhood education is essential and he'll be making it a priority in 2014. He left out a statement made by his aids last night which said he would be cutting 400 million dollars from education funding.
"This year's budget is a tough pill to swallow. But it's only managing the symptoms of a grievous condition that threatens the fiscal health of our state," says Gov. Pat Quinn.
The governor ended his address by challenging lawmakers to lay out a plan to fix the pension problem.