March 30, 2017

The bipartisan passage of HB2808 out of committee is a significant victory for low-income students across Illinois and another step toward reforming Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. HB2808 would drive dollars to needy districts all across the state while accounting for their local ability to pay. HB2808 provides a sound, evidence-based approach for achieving adequacy and equity and forms the basis for a bipartisan bill to be sent to the Governor’s desk later this spring. We will continue to rally around a solution that holds districts harmless, provides new dollars to the neediest districts first, accounts for local ability to pay and closes gaps between low-income students and their wealthier peers.

We thank Rep. Will Davis and co-sponsors Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and Rep. Robert Pritchard for their leadership on HB2808. We remain encouraged by the conversations led by the bipartisan House Education Task Force. In the Senate, SB1 is momentum toward an equitable formula as well. For too long, Illinois students have struggled due to inadequate and inequitable funding. We cannot wait another year for change and call on the General Assembly to swiftly pass school funding reform.

Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of Advance Illinois, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Educators 4 Excellence, 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, League of United Latin American Citizens, Teach Plus Illinois and Vision 20/20.

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