There are early signs of interest in the new, $75 million Launch program, which would provide high school graduates up to $8,000 for training tied to in-demand careers.
The state has sent out close to $6.7 million in safety and security grants so far — and in the next few months, an additional $13.3 million will be on the way.
The line items appear in budget requests to Gov. Brad Little’s office. Over the next several months, Little and legislators will sort out next year’s state budgets.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., say the purchase threatens the U of I’s financial health — and the U of I’s good name.
While nonbinding, the vote from a parental advisory panel foreshadows a school choice debate that appears almost certain to resurface during the 2024 legislative session.
State superintendent Debbie Critchfield wants to streamline the K-12 budget by getting rid of past-their-prime line items. That’s a lot tougher than it sounds.