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Education

State Aid for the UT District

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At least one district in the Illinois Quad Cities will receive more state money for the coming school year than it expected. 

United Township Superintendent Jay Morrow says when the governor and General Assembly approved a new k-12 budget on June 30th, it included the 3 million dollars the district received last year, plus an additional 142,000 dollars. 
He says the extra money is tied to his district's "poverty count" - 60 per cent of UT students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. 

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It's part of the legislature's attempt to equalize poor and rich districts.

Despite having a full-year budget for Illinois schools, Doctor Morrow is still concerned about state funding - with a huge backlog of state bills, and no new revenue, he wonders when his district will actually receive the money.