With a democratic majority across the board in Springfield, anything they want is likely to be pushed through over the next four years.
Superintendent of Monticello Schools, Dr. Vic Zimmerman indicates there are a number of proposals in Springfield that would impact schools and he is keeping a close watch over proposals that would interfere with local control.
Last month, the State of Illinois informed schools they would be skipping this year's Teacher Retirement System payment. Dr. Zimmerman says while that isn't ideal, it seems to be a short-term impact of a long term plan to pay down the state's backlog of pension debt.
Other proposals floating around Springfield right now center around PE requirements that would impact the school day for Monticello schools along with teacher certifications among others. Dr. Zimmerman recently shared his opinions on these various pieces of legislation. We'll have more with him next week on Regional Radio News.