Schools struggle without funding

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ILLINOIS — School districts are among the agencies waiting for payments from the state. Mandated Categoricals, or M-CATS, cover programs like meals, special education and transportation.

By this week, Comptroller Susana Mendoza should have reimbursed most of that spending from the year, but none of the requests have been processed.

Only general state aid is being paid out. It leaves a lot in the balance.

Monticello’s superintendent Vic Zimmerman says all the talk of lawmakers “fully funding” schools is particularly frustrating and misleading.

Zimmerman tweeted Tuesday night, Monticello’s district is owed more than $450,000 alone. He says, in the face of more uncertainty, the best thing for people to do is vote in next week’s local elections.

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