Statement: We urge the Governor to sign SB1 and end an era of inequitable school funding

CHICAGO (July 7, 2017) — For years, Advance Illinois has been part of a coalition advocating for a fix to the state’s broken funding formula, which provides only 81 cents for low-income students for every dollar spent on wealthier students. The state can no longer afford to have the quality of a student’s education determined by zip code. SB1 passed the General Assembly May 31 and fixes this formula. Yesterday, the General Assembly ensured that a budget will be in place for this school year. But SB1 is the only school funding formula that can give school districts immediate and much needed certainty. We urge the Governor to sign SB1 and end the era of inequitable funding of our schools.

Statement attributable to John Edwardson and Marin Gjaja, Co-Chairs, Advance Illinois

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Advance Illinois serves as an independent, objective and bipartisan voice promoting a healthy public education system that prepares all students for success in college, career and civic life. Advance Illinois is equity-driven, student-centered, data-focused and connected to community and educators. Advance Illinois identifies, designs and advocates for policies that are tailored to the needs of students in Illinois.