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. The budget includes $350 million in additional revenue to better support schools, especially those that have been historically underfunded. We urge the Governor to swiftly sign these bills into law so that families can spend the remaining weeks of summer knowing that school will start on time and so that students will be where they should be in the fall—in the classroom. As part of this package, the Governor should also sign SB1, the more equitable school funding formula that provides funding to the neediest districts first and closes funding gaps between low-income and wealthier districts.
We are grateful to the members of the House and Senate who took politically courageous votes in recent days to support a full budget.
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 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.