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March 7, 2007

Governor's Budget Increases Higher Ed Funding

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) praised the fiscal 2008 budget recommendation announced today by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Statement by IBHE Executive Director Judy Erwin:

“We applaud Governor Blagojevich for his vision for a healthier and better educated Illinois for all residents. The budget request will help the State of Illinois meet the most critical needs of students, faculty, and families.

“The Governor’s strong support for needs-based financial aid ($472.9 million for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission) and improved access to a community college education ($359.5 million for the Illinois Community College Board) continue to ensure that the doors of opportunity stay open for all students regardless of income.

“Consistent with the Governor’s top priorities of improving educational achievement through improving teacher preparation, and expanding nursing education, IBHE welcomes an additional $7.6 million for ‘performance funding’ for colleges and universities for specific programs for teacher preparation and nursing.

“The IBHE will continue to focus attention to improving access, success, and affordability for all students, particularly those from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds. Illinois’ best economic development policy is providing improved access and success to a more rigorous education at all levels.

“We look forward to working with the Governor and the members of the General Assembly to remove any barriers that may exist so that all students, from preschool through professional school, will attain a higher level of educational achievement.”


Don Sevener



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