March 24, 2017
Today we are encouraged by the filing of Amendment 1 to SB1, a significant step toward providing equitable and adequate funding for low-income students in Illinois. The amendment reflects the equity principles we have long fought for: new dollars provided to the neediest districts; local resources taken into account; local adequacy targets based on individual student needs; and no districts lose money. It also reflects the framework developed by the Governor’s Commission on School Funding Reform.
We’re grateful to Sen. Andy Manar and Sen. Jason Barickman for their leadership on this bill and urge the Senate to quickly pass SB1, as amended, on a bipartisan basis.
We encourage the House to build on the momentum of HB2808, and the House Education Task Force, which is committed to passing legislation before May 31.
We call on both chambers to come together to pass a bill this spring and provide the revenue necessary to achieve equity. Illinois remains worst-in-the-nation in providing resources for low-income school districts. For every dollar Illinois spends on a non-low-income student, it spends 81 cents on a low-income student.
Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of Advance Illinois, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Equity First, Funding Illinois’ Future, High School District Organizations of Illinois, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Illinois Principals Association, Teach Plus Illinois and Vision 20/20.
Contact: Bob Dolgan, 773-447-1980, and Anna Schneider, 217-242-9645