Gov. Pat Quinn goes bananas almost every day.
The Chicago Democrat said Wednesday he often breakfasts by peeling the potassium-packed fruit.
He spoke to reporters after announcing the winners of the Illinois School Breakfast Challenge. The competition challenges schools to increase participation in the school breakfast program. Winners attended an afternoon event at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.
Quinn said he also added some scrambled eggs to break his fast Wednesday.
But the event comes after he’s proposed some steep cuts to school nutrition.
The governor’s budget calls for $400 million in cuts to education. Out of education cuts comes $5 million from free school breakfast and lunch programs.
Governor Quinn shifted the blame saying, “Obviously our pension challenges. Our foremost fiscal challenge in Illinois. It’s squeezing out money in the classroom.”
He’s hyping a program that he’s cutting, without mentioning it. Marvelous.
The percent of Illinois students who are homeless or living in poverty has grown in recent years.
The Illinois State Board of Education reported Wednesday the proportion of low-income students grew from 37.9 percent to 49 percent between 2003 and 2012.
The ISBE says the spike in low-income students and those with limited English has led to increased costs for school districts. But state funding for education has decreased by more than $861 million, or nearly 12 percent, since the budget year that started in July 2008.
So, we have more homeless school kids while the governor is cutting breakfast programs, but there he was yesterday touting the breakfast program and talking about how he likes to eat bananas in the morning.
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