Posts by Anna Schneider

STATEMENT ON ISBE’S BUDGET HEARING

On behalf of the Fund the Formula Illinois Campaign 10/19/2018 Illinois is now on the right path in providing adequate and equitable funding for all schools. Because of the new evidence-based funding formula, nearly 80 percent of all new state funding went to districts that were considered majority low-income, low-wealth districts. That was in Fiscal Year 2019, but we must do better. That’s why we believe we need an additional $450 million in FY20. This will allow us to stay on track in reaching funding adequacy by 2027 — and more importantly, help children across Illinois who need it the
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STATEMENT on today’s FY19 education funding hearing

May 22, 2018 Illinois’ revamped school funding formula is working and has ushered in a new era of possibility for the state’s schools. School districts across Illinois are using FY18 tier funding to hire teachers, purchase new technology and restructure curriculum to set up students for success. The new formula is distributing 80% of FY18 funding to districts with over 50% low-income students. Over 70% of dollars is going to districts below median property wealth, and 25 districts are gaining more than 5 percentage points toward adequacy. No district is any longer below 50% of adequacy. The formula will continue
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Statement on release of new 2017-2018 funding for formula

4/5/18 Thank you to the Illinois State Board of Education, legislators and advocates for working toward the release of vouchers today for the new evidence-based funding formula. We are thrilled about this step toward adequate and equitable funding for all kids. We commend the Illinois State Board of Education for taking this action so that the state’s neediest school districts receive new funds for the 2017-2018 school year.  While much additional investment is required, we hope educators, parents and all Illinoisans take a moment to celebrate today. About Fix the Formula Illinois Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of
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Statement on the Signing of the School Funding Trailer Bill Into Law

We thank the Governor for signing HB5812. Now that this school funding trailer bill has been signed, rural, urban and suburban schools throughout Illinois can receive their new evidence-based funding for this school year. This is an important first step, but the work isn’t over. We must continue to invest until Illinois achieves adequate and equitable funding of all schools. 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
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Statement on Governor’s FY19 state budget proposal

2/14/18 The Governor’s budget proposal is another blow to public education in Illinois. Most Illinois students go to classrooms that remain well below adequate funding levels. Schools have yet to receive any dollars from the new funding formula. The budget proposal reduces year-over-year investment in education and shifts costs to districts, increasing inequity and inadequacy and reliance on local property taxes. Money shifted to pensions means fewer dollars for classrooms and reduces the capacity of some schools to implement the evidence-based practices which help students achieve academically. From our coalition perspective, this breaks from our core principles of equity and
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Statement on SB444 override

1/31/18 The SB444 override preserves the intent of the new school funding formula and means school districts are a step closer to receiving new funding for FY18. Tweaks such as those in SB444 are needed with any major legislation. We are glad this issue has been resolved and urge quick action on remaining items that could delay the disbursement of funds. Further action is needed before Illinois will be on a path toward equitable and adequate school funding. About Fix the Formula Illinois Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of Advance Illinois, Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools,
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Statement on Governor’s Amendatory Veto of SB444

STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S AMENDATORY VETO OF SB444 We are disappointed in the Governor’s amendatory veto of SB444 because it does not put kids first. This AV only prolongs school funding inequity for our public schools. SB444 was introduced by the Illinois State Board of Education in order to clarify technical language in SB1947, specifically addressing the new funding formula. The Governor’s AV did not change any of the technical language in SB444. Instead, he tacked on additional issues related to private school tax credits. In doing so, his actions further delay the long-awaited implementation of the Evidence Based Model and
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