Teachers in Peoria are raising their voices about the future of education.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers called on several groups, including lawmakers Monday night, to help make the education system better across the country.
State Senator Dave Koehler joined one of the several groups in attendance calling for a balanced budget from the state, but the bigger issues were with immigration and protecting students with immigrant parents.
The federation says fear among immigrant families has grown since the election of President Donald Trump, and for many students, it’s impacted their ability to learn.
Leaders called on everybody in Peoria and around the world to put their differences aside, and encourage lawmakers to help bring new teachers to the state.
“We’re about 10,000 teachers short of where were in 2009 state wide, so it is a critical problem and I don’t see it getting solved unless the governor can put forth a budget and we can get the recourses we need,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers
Similar meetings were held in Quincy and Macomb, each highlighting the importance of education and calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to finally pass a budget.