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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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School funding model fixed, now what?

School funding model fixed, now what? After inequitably funding schools for over 20 years, Illinois finally put politics aside, and made a historic move towards bettering the quality of education for 2.1 million kids. On August 31, 2017 Illinois instituted a new, more equitable way of funding schools — an evidence-based model that drives resources to the state’s neediest districts. But many are asking the question, “How do we make sure this new model delivers on its promise?” Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau, superintendent of Taylorville School District, and member of the Funding Illinois’ Future coalition since its inception in 2013, says
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Local educational leaders react to the state’s proposed funding formula

WREX, August 30, 2017 In response to the approved funding plan,  Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett says that Rockford will benefit with over $5 million in additional funding but the measure that concerns him is the $75 million worth of tax credits for people who donate to private school scholarships. Read more here: http://www.wrex.com/story/36247427/2017/08/29/local-educational-leaders-react-to-states-proposed-funding-formula
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Education Funding Plan Passes Senate, Headed To Governor

NPR Illinois, August 30, 2017 The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he’ll sign the bill quickly to get state money to more than 800 districts that have been waiting for funding for the new school year. Read more here: http://nprillinois.org/post/education-funding-plan-passes-senate-headed-governor#stream/0  
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Legislator Meeting Invitation – YES Vote

{Insert School District or Community Organization Header}   Dear Representative/Senator _______________, I write to you today on behalf of the thousands of children and families in your district, to thank you for your support for Senate Bill 1. The time for school funding reform in Illinois is here and we firmly believe that SB1 is the answer, especially for schools in your district. But we are not finished yet and our students need your continued support to pass SB1. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any outstanding questions or concerns you have about the bill. SB1 must pass this year
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Legislator Meeting Invitation – No Vote

{Insert School District or Community Organization Header}   Dear Representative/Senator ___________, I write to you today on behalf of the thousands of children and families in your district, in hopes of attempting to understand your concerns regarding Senate Bill 1. There is an immediate need for school funding reform in Illinois and we firmly believe that SB1 is the answer, especially for schools in your district. Our coalition has spent countless hours analyzing SB1 and would welcome the opportunity to listen to your concerns about the bill and its effects on the children you represent. Each year, the schools in
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