Illinois enacts historic school funding reform

Posted on August 30, 2017
Advance Illinois teamed up with superintendents, educators, parents and civil rights leaders in a successful effort to fix the nation’s worst school funding formula.

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 worst school funding formula and includes the principles behind Senate Bill 1, which Advance Illinois has supported throughout this spring and summer.

Advance Illinois has made school funding a priority issue for four years and is a member of the Fix the Formula Illinois campaign and the Funding Illinois’ Future coalition. Through the years, we have helped to galvanize communities toward addressing inequitable school funding and conducted analysis to understand the impacts of inequitable funding and identify policy solutions. We also have testified at numerous public hearings, held town halls across the state and met with legislators and members of the media to share our insight and advocate for change.

We thank the thousands of superintendents, teachers, parents and civil rights leaders who have been working toward this day for years. We also thank the many champions in the General Assembly who made this historic moment possible.

Update: Advance Illinois applauds new, more equitable school funding formula, culmination of years-long, collaborative effort