Nearly $4M in new money funneled to Decatur classrooms in just two years

Manar 05252017DECATUR – Decatur public school families will continue to benefit from Illinois’ new school funding formula, which guarantees an additional $1.7 million for the academic year that is getting underway, State Senator Andy Manar said today.

That means the new formula will have pumped nearly $4 million in additional money into Decatur Public Schools during its first two years on the books.

“Long underfunded school districts like Decatur are finally getting the attention and the state support they’ve been starved of for too many years,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and the driving force behind passage of the new school funding formula.

“I am delighted the evidence-based model is working as we expected it would. It’s exciting to learn about the growth and innovation happening in our classrooms because of this new, equitable approach to funding education.”

Many school districts are rehiring teachers and counselors who were laid off because of budget constraints, reinstating vital programs, creating innovative new learning programs, and establishing much-needed stability so they can budget for the future.

Under the evidence-based model, no schools receive less money than they did the previous year, and the previous year’s new money becomes part of the current year’s base funding. This allows long-underfunded schools to achieve adequate funding over time without penalizing schools that have already had adequate funding.

Last year – the first year under the new formula – Decatur School District 61 received $2.2 million in new, additional money under the evidence-based model, bringing its total state funding to more than $49.7 million.

This school year, the district will receive an additional $1.7 million in new money under the evidence-based model, bringing its total state funding for the year to more than $51.4 million, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

In all, public school districts in the 48th Senate District will receive nearly $5.8 million in new money this year under the new formula. Added to last year’s total of about $8 million, public schools represented by Manar have received nearly $14 million in new money in just two years.

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