For several years, as superintendents and educators, we’ve worked to fix the broken school funding formula that has devastated our schools and communities. We have spent countless hours talking to our partners and legislators about the solution to an adequate and fair funding system. SB1 is that solution and it will benefit every single district in Illinois.
Here are the facts. There is only one school funding bill poised to become law—Senate Bill 1. There is only one official analysis of SB1—and it’s conducted by the Illinois State Board of Education. No other bills have been passed out of both chambers. If ISBE has run additional analyses on Senate Bill 1, the public is unaware of it at this time.
We must not talk in theoretical, hypotheticals or financial modeling of bills that have not passed both chambers and awaiting the Governor’s signature. We must talk about the facts within the bill in front of us: SB1. Under this bill, funding is distributed equitably, no districts lose money, and all districts are treated the same. ISBE’s analysis also tells us our school districts gain $3,842,660 and that these funds will be distributed based on the unique needs of all students in Illinois.
More facts: Our districts need investment. We’ve cut and cut long enough—we need an investment from the state and we need it now. We cannot cut our way out of this problem. We have been and are still committed to no red numbers. Senate Bill 1 is based on new money. No students should lose money. “No red numbers” means “no red numbers” and “all students” means “all students”.
It’s time for our elected leaders to base their votes on the district they represent!
- Vic Buehler, Bunker Hill CUSD #8 – Increased revenue $199,727
- Brad Skertich, Southwestern CUSD #9 – Increased revenue $296,416
- David Lett, Pana CUSD #8 – Increased revenue $468,950
- Dan Cox, Staunton CUSD #6 – Increased revenue $353,874
- Greg Fuerstenau, Taylorville CUSD #3 – Increased revenue $314,210
- Patrick Murphy, Mt. Olive CUSD #5 – Increased revenue $124,304
- Joe Tieman, Gillespie CUSD #7 – Increased revenue $623,673
- David Powell, Hillsboro CUSD #3 – Increase revenue $194,056
- Doerr, Nokomis CUSD – Increased revenue $201,822
- Gary Depatis, Morrisonville CUSD – Increased revenue $17,966
- Schuchman, Carlinville, CUSD #1 – Increased revenue $258,843
- Aaron Hopper, Panhandle CUSD #2 – Increased revenue $28,788