Illinois State Board Of Education

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Illinois schools will be required to teach financial literacy skills such as balancing a checkbook and putting money into a savings account this school year.

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Illinois is handing out $1 million in federal grants to help educate children of migrant families.

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The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing a series of public hearings as it re-examines school funding. The first hearing will be held in Carbondale on Oct. 23 and is followed by others in Macomb, Champaign, Grayslake and Chicago.

Hearing participants will be asked to detail the value of the programs and services they feel are vital to education in Illinois.