Rural school districts prepare for cuts
SPRINGFIELD — The notion of Illinois school districts shouldering more of the costs of teacher pensions has small town administrators preparing for deep cuts, but the lack of legislative action is making preparing tough.
“We are all in waiting game right now,” Jonathan Green, superintendent for Pinckneyville Community High School, said.
Gov. Pat Quinn said in his plan to overhaul the state’s public pension system that he wants school districts to pay more toward their employees’ pensions. Right now teachers pay about 9.4 percent of their salaries into the Teachers Retirement System, which the state matches. School districts pay in less than 1 percent, but they set pay and benefits for teachers.
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