8/28/17

Statement on House passage of SB1947 compromise

For the past four years, superintendents, teachers and civil rights leaders have come together to fight for a formula that ensures a student’s zip code no longer determines the school resources available. We have fought for a system that: takes into account student needs and local property wealth, closes funding gaps and keeps them closed, and provides a long-term stable funding system that helps all districts achieve adequate funding.

The House’s passage of a compromise in SB1947 moves Illinois a step closer to a more equitable school funding system and historic reform. SB1947 includes the evidence-based model from SB1 with few modifications.

We call on our legislators to remain in Springfield until an evidence-based school funding formula becomes law.

About Fix the Formula Illinois
Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of Advance Illinois, Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, Educators 4 Excellence, Equity First, Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Funding Illinois’ Future, Gamaliel of Illinois, Gamaliel of Metro Chicago, High School District Organizations of Illinois, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Illinois for Educational Equity, Illinois Parent Teacher Association, Illinois Principals Association, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Latino Policy Forum, League of United Latin American Citizens, Noble Network, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Quad County Urban League, South Suburban Action Conference, Springfield Urban League, Taylorville Citizens for Education, Teach Plus Illinois, Tri-County Urban League, United Congregations of the Metro East, Urban Muslim Minority Alliance and Vision 20/20. Learn more about the Fix the Formula Illinois campaign at www.fundingilfuture.org/fixtheformulaillinois.

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