Media advisory: Superintendents, education advocates to launch town halls across Illinois to discuss SB1 and the school funding crisis

CHICAGO (June 23, 2017) – Superintendents and education advocates are coming together with the Fix the Formula Illinois campaign for town hall meetings next week to discuss a solution to the state’s worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. The meetings will include a presentation on the evidence-based school funding model and SB1, which passed the General Assembly on May 31 and fixes Illinois’ broken school funding formula. Illinois’ inequitable funding system and the lack of a state budget have left many schools concerned about their ability to open their doors for the 2017-2018 school year. Speakers at the town hall meetings will share facts about SB1, which provides dollars to the state’s neediest districts without taking money from any district. Click here to learn more about SB1.

The town halls will take place at the following locations and times:

Harrisburg, June 27, 2017, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Harrisburg Middle School, 312 Bulldog Blvd., Harrisburg, IL 62946

Warrensburg, June 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Warrensburg-Latham High School, 430 E. N Street, Warrensburg, IL 62573

Columbia, June 28, 2017, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Middle School, 100 Eagle Drive, Columbia, IL 62236

Rockford, June 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
New Zion Baptist Church, 604 Salter Ave., Rockford, IL 61102

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 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 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