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Budget cuts could mean layoffs for thousands of Illinois teachers

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Proposed budget cuts for next year could force Illinois school districts to lay off over 13,000 teachers.

According to Democratic Senate President John Cullerton, the state will have a $3 billion budget gap in 2015, including a $1.5 billion decrease in revenues if the scheduled expiration of a temporary income tax increase goes through.

The State Board of Education and other agencies appeared before lawmakers Friday to testify on the impact of a 20 percent budget cut. State Superintendent Chris Koch said that cut would lead to the lay offs of 13,400 teachers.

Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to give his proposed 2015 budget on Wednesday. In the mean time, Republican state Senator Matt Murphy says Democrats are just giving "doom and gloom" scenarios to justify the extension of the tax increase.

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