We applaud the members of the Senate who took a dramatic step forward for today’s students and students of future generations by overriding the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1 and rejecting changes that would deepen inequity in school districts for years to come. Now the House must override the Governor’s veto and take this historic opportunity to make SB1 law in order to ensure an equitable funding system moving forward.

For the last four years, superintendents, school board members, civil rights leaders, teachers and everyday Illinoisans have called for the General Assembly to fix the nation’s worst school funding formula. SB1 would drive dollars to the neediest districts first while taking into account the evidence of what works in the classroom. Superintendents from a cross-section of districts remain unified in support of SB1, from Lake County to Winnebago County in the north to Fayette County and Jackson County in the south, all demanding a fix to the formula.

We want to thank the members of the Senate who voted in favor of schoolchildren and our schools today.

Again, we call on the House to take brave bipartisan action and override the amendatory veto of SB1.

About Fix the Formula Illinois

Fix the Formula Illinois is a campaign of Advance Illinois, 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.