Chicago Sun-Times, June 21, 2017
Under SB 1, no school district in Illinois loses money. In fact, nearly every district will receive an increase in funding from the state. Sensibly, the districts that are furthest from receiving adequate funding for their students will get the biggest increase in state funds. The additional funding ranges from an additional $900 per pupil in Waukegan to $193 per pupil in Chicago to $1 per pupil in Lake Forest, based on the needs in each district — such as the number of students living in poverty.
Indeed, Chicago is far from the top of the list when it comes to the increases in state funds under SB 1. This is not a Chicago bailout. It is good public policy.