In the House Democratic budget plan, most state institutions would get level funding or a slight increase. One of the few cuts is directed at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat whose Aurora district includes IMSA, says the decrease is because the elite high school has failed to meet diversity goals.
"I am getting very frustrated with having to defend myself to my minority colleagues for fighting for money for them when they come to an event there and they don't see the black and brown children that look like them that we fought so hard to get money there."
The Democratic spending plan calls for IMSA (IHM-suh) to lose 1.8 million dollars -- more than eight percent of its state funding.
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