Illinois school districts will soon begin receiving the $560 million of additional operating aid included in the state’s fiscal 2008 budget following the General Assembly’s approval last week of a bill that permits the release of the funds.

Schools were to have begun receiving the additional funding levels by summer, but passage of the budget was delayed until mid summer as lawmakers bickered over spending levels with Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And then passage of a budget implementation bill needed to release the funds didn’t come until November.

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