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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) once again demonstrated his support for education by voting for a preservation budget Saturday, which fully funded education at all levels.

“The state’s budget has been significantly impacted by COVID-19, and we’re facing incredibly difficult financial times,” Bennett said. “Planning for an economic recovery will depend greatly upon education and workforce development. That’s why I voted for a budget that will improve the quality of life for the people across the state.”

This budget preserves P-12 education funding, ensuring that this pandemic does not strip students of the opportunity to succeed in the future. The plan provides $12.6 billion to P-12 education and $7.2 billion specifically for the state’s evidence-based funding model.

The plan also represents level funding for higher education and MAP grants, which many college students depend on to fund their education, as well as $35 million for the AIM HIGH Pilot Program, which provides additional assistance to Illinois students to remain in the state and attend public colleges and universities.

Bennett emphasized that the funding for state colleges and universities was held flat, helping protect them from destructive budget cuts.

“I’m grateful for the hard work that was put forth to negotiate a budget that prioritizes education even in these difficult economic times,” Bennett said. “That said, this budget gives certainty to the University of Illinois, Parkland College and Danville Area Community College.”

The budget will fund state government for Fiscal Year 2021, beginning July 1, if approved by the governor.

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