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Local educators and parents sound off on school funding

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Students registered at Quincy Junior High School on Tuesday. Students registered at Quincy Junior High School on Tuesday.
Parents have expressed concerns about the funding situation. Parents have expressed concerns about the funding situation.
District officials have said they cannot go through the entire year without state funding. District officials have said they cannot go through the entire year without state funding.
Reis said area superintendents have kept a close eye on Springfield. Reis said area superintendents have kept a close eye on Springfield.
Moore said she is concerned about the impact that the funding situation will have on students. Moore said she is concerned about the impact that the funding situation will have on students.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Educators and parents alike have been sounding off on the controversial legislation that deals with funding for Illinois schools.

Tuesday was a busy day of registration at Quincy Junior High School, and it was filled with excitement. However, the school funding holdup in Springfield also has parents like Jessica Moore concerned.

"The students I think are going to be impacted the most, because they're the ones that are going to lose out on opportunities." Moore said. "They're not able to advance their education. They're not able to modernize it. You can't plan ahead for anything."

Regional Superintendent of Schools Jill Reis said area schools are keeping a close eye on the status of Senate Bill 1. With Governor Rauner issuing an amendatory veto, the bill now heads back to lawmakers and there's still no word on any further action.

"It makes it very difficult to plan." Reis said. "However, the regional office has not been notified of any schools that are unable to open their doors."

Still, school districts like Quincy Public Schools have said they can only operate so long without state funding, and parents like Moore said they only want the best for their children.

"It's very frustrating for the fact that I want my kids to have a good education, be prepared for college, and then to move on into the real world." Moore said.

Reis added that there's a short list of items that educators would like to see addressed.

"Everybody wants the kids to have a continuous school year, to be able to go to school, to keep going to school, and for educators to be able to focus on the kids in the classroom, instead of the funding issues for that." Reis said

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