The Illinois State Board of Education is giving taxpayers a chance to weigh in on school funding in the next state budget.
The board said Monday it is launching a series of public hearings to gather feedback.
Officials say hearings can provide insight into local priorities and put a face on the two million students in Illinois public schools.
State government provides about 30% of school money in Illinois. Local funds account for 55% and federal aid covers the rest.
The State Board of Education has consistently recommended increased education spending, but Illinois has cut funds by $650 million the last few years.
Hearings are scheduled for Springfield, Edwardsville, Champaign, Wheeling and Chicago.