Illinois enacts historic school funding reform

Illinois is on the verge of having a new school funding formula, thanks to the Senate’s passage of a compromise bill yesterday. SB1947 garnered a bipartisan supermajority of 38 votes in the Senate, and the bill will now be sent to Gov. Rauner, who has said he will sign it. The bill fixes the nation’s […]

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Urban Institute report shows Illinois’ school funding system is most regressive in the nation, has remained regressive since 1995

Yet another study shows that Illinois spends more money to educate wealthier students than it does to educate low-income students and that its school funding system is the most regressive in the nation. Urban Institute, one of the country’s leading research institutions, reports Illinois is one of the few states whose funding has remained regressive since 1995. […]

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Crain’s guest column: Fix the school funding formula and open schools this fall

July 11, 2017 — Advance Illinois Co-Chairs John Edwardson and Marin Gjaja wrote a guest column for Crain’s Chicago Business advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1 and end the uncertainty facing school districts. Here’s the full column: Last week, the General Assembly took the first step toward ending the financial uncertainty Illinois […]

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Statement from Fix the Formula Illinois on SB6 and SB9

CHICAGO (July 4, 2017) — Fix the Formula Illinois members, including Advance Illinois, released the following statement upon the Senate’s passage of SB6 and SB9. After two years without a budget that protects schools, the General Assembly has now passed a full budget on a bipartisan basis that provides security for our schools and students. […]

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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 […]

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Tribune letter: Funding formula helps all students

June 8, 2017 — Advance Illinois Co-Chairs John Edwardson and Marin Gjaja wrote a letter to the Chicago Tribune in support of the passage of SB1, which reforms school funding in Illinois, and calling for Governor Rauner to sign the bill. Here’s the text of the letter: In response to the editorial “Don’t dare applaud […]

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Statement: Passage of school funding reform is a historic triumph

SPRINGFIELD (May 31, 2017) — The General Assembly’s passage of SB1 tonight is a historic triumph for students and ends an era of Illinois having the most inequitable school funding system in the nation. Thank you to everyone who voted for this bill. We are grateful to Representative Will Davis, Senator Andy Manar and Senator […]

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Rally draws nearly 1,000 to steps of Capitol to demand funding reform

May 20, 2017 By Bob Dolgan Communications Director Nearly 1,000 students, parents, teachers and school administrators from across the state rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, May 17. The rally came as bills appeared before the Senate and House that would make Illinois’ school funding formula more equitable and adequate. Illinois currently ranks […]

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