Montgomery County schools to receive $700K to bridge inequity

SPRINGFIELD – Litchfield public schools will receive more than $326,000 in new money under Illinois’ education funding formula overhaul, an initiative driven largely by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday issued vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for school districts around the state to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data – is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

“The data we have now reinforces what we already knew: that there is astonishing unfairness in how school districts around Illinois are funded,” Manar said.

“We have school districts with more than double the amount of resources it should take to educate their particular students, while other school districts have barely half of what they need. It’s been this way of years, and it’s going to come to an end.”

Three out of the four public school districts in Montgomery County were categorized as “Tier 1” schools, meaning they are among the most underfunded districts in the state. One district, Panhandle CUSD 2, was put in Tier 2 because it is considerably underfunded.

Manar credited the staff at the state board of education for their efforts working with school districts and lawmakers to pull together the necessary data and calculate the distribution amounts in April as promised. He called it a historic turning point for school districts, especially those in rural and downstate Illinois.

The distributions for Montgomery County schools are as follows:

Mont Co EBM Final 650

Category: School Funding Reform

Macoupin County schools to receive $2.5 million to bridge inequity

SPRINGFIELD – Gillespie public schools will receive nearly $680,000 in new money under Illinois’ education funding formula overhaul, an initiative driven largely by Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Thursday issued vouchers to the state comptroller that clear the way for local school districts to begin receiving money under Illinois’ new evidence-based model of funding public schools.

The distribution – which is based on detailed enrollment figures, district-specific student learning needs, available local resources and other data – is the first step toward right-sizing state support for every school district. No schools will ever receive less state funding than they do today under the new plan.

“The data we have now reinforces what we already knew: that there is astonishing unfairness in how school districts around Illinois are funded,” Manar said.

“There are school districts in this state with more than double the amount of resources it should take to educate their particular students, while other school districts have barely half of what they need. It’s been this way of years, and it’s going to come to an end.”

Macoupin County school districts will receive more than $2.5 million in new money under the formula change. Of the eight public school districts in Macoupin County, ISBE categorized all of them as “Tier 1,” meaning they are among the most underfunded districts in the state.

The amounts of new money under the evidence-based model include more than $421,000 for Staunton CUSD 6 and about $51,000 for Northwestern CUSD 2.

Manar credited the staff at the state board of education for their efforts working with school districts and lawmakers to pull together the necessary data and calculate the distribution amounts in April as promised. He called it a historic turning point for school districts, especially those in rural and downstate Illinois.

The distributions for Macoupin County schools are as follows:

Macoupin Co EBM Numbers Final 650

Category: School Funding Reform

Manar urges governor to sign measure promptly

03132018 ManarSPRINGFIELD – The state will be able to distribute eagerly awaited funding under Illinois’ new education formula as soon as April under legislation approved by the Senate – as long as the governor chooses to act quickly when it reaches his desk.

The measure, approved Wednesday, is a trailer bill to Illinois’ historic 550-page school funding reform law. It was requested by state education officials who said clarifications and corrections were needed to the original language before they could ensure money would be distributed as intended under the new funding model.

House Bill 5812 already has House approval. Once Gov. Bruce Rauner signs it, the Illinois State Board of Education can finalize its calculations and begin distributing funding to school districts under the new law.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) urged the governor to act without delay. He also encouraged state education officials to remember that people all over Illinois are counting on them to move more quickly and more efficiently to implement the new formula.

“The new school funding law represents a massive change in policy for Illinois. We knew it would take some time to get it off the ground, and it’s important to make sure it’s done correctly as we go along,” said Manar, a driving force behind school funding reform in Illinois.

“However, it’s been more than six months since the new model became law. School superintendents are understandably frustrated. The longer this drags on, the more impatient people become and the less they trust Springfield.

“Let’s move forward so we can bridge the funding gaps we have in Illinois and help our least-funded school districts get the resources they desperately need.”

Category: School Funding Reform

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s erroneous veto of Senate Bill 444:

The Senate’s override vote helps to correct a poor governing decision that so far has delayed execution of the new school funding formula by nearly three months. I look forward to the House taking the same course of action so that we can put this sorry situation is behind us and allow the Illinois State Board of Education to move forward with its work. Schools and communities all over the state are anxious for this to be ironed out once and for all.

Category: School Funding Reform

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