Some lawmakers pushing for elimination of certain funding for Chicago public schools

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Some lawmakers pushing for elimination of certain funding for Chicago public schools

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A local lawmaker wants to change how state funds are given out to Chicago Public Schools.

A report  released by the Chicago Board of Education Inspector General highlights rampant fraud in the city's public schools.

The Inspector General found school administrators faking data, and creating fake students to pull in more money.

Because of that some lawmakers, including State Senator Darin Lahood, are calling to eliminate certain funding from the Chicago school district.

In particular they are looking at the block grant,  a separate stream of income that only goes to Chicago schools.

"Elimination of the block grant would mean that the Chicago Public School District would need to qualify for funding just like every other single district does," said State Senator Pamela Althoff, (R) McHenry.

A bill has been submitted to eliminate that funding.

It is currently in the Education Subcommittee.

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