More than 20 school superintendents from across Illinois met in Chicago last week to discuss aid cuts, and called on state leaders to avert $1.3 billion in funding reductions proposed in the fiscal 2011 budget.

“The scope of the proposed cuts is unprecedented,” said Brent Clark of the Illinois Association of School Administrators. “We are all facing hard times and Illinois is in a very challenging position, but the extent of these cuts is drastic. Schools throughout our state will be forced to part ways with record numbers of teachers if nothing is done. This will hurt our students.”

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