LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Major school funding overhaul advances

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014

* AP

A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state’s school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers. […]

After a nearly three-hour subcommittee debate, the issue was sent by a party line vote to another Senate committee, where it must be approved before it can advance to the chamber floor.

Under the plan, 92 percent of total state education funding would be distributed by factoring in districts’ poverty levels, accounting for low-income students using a weighted formula. The legislation also uses the number of students receiving free and reduced-priced lunches to determine who qualifies for additional low income dollars, which Manar says is in practice with most other states.

Only specialized programs for special education and early childhood education would be exempted from the formula. And, for the first time in decades, funding for Chicago Public Schools would be treated under the same formula as the rest of the state.

* Republicans have so far been against the proposal

Sen. David Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, served as co-chair with Manar on the education funding committee and agrees with the bill’s concept of a single formula that would fund schools more equitably. But he believes Manar’s proposal goes too far and said “it’s debatable whether we should put over 90 percent into the formula.”

Luechtefeld pointed out that some expenditures, such as transportation, are based on factors other than a district’s need.

* Not having numbers is a problem, for sure

[Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine)] agreed that the system used to fund schools needs to be fixed, but questioned the wisdom of acting on a proposal when school administrators and lawmakers alike don’t know how the proposed overhaul would affect funding levels of individual districts.

“How do we know that this formula in this bill will work better than the current one if we have no idea how it’s going to work because we haven’t run the numbers?” Murphy said. “Why can’t we run the numbers and find out?”

Illinois State Board of Education legislative liaison Amanda Elliot said the agency is working on compiling that data, but cautioned that the figures span “multiple divisions.” According to ISBE public information director Matt Vanover, it could be at least a month before the numbers are available.

“We’re looking at having (the data) by mid-May,” he said.

David Lett, superintendent of Unit 8 schools in Pana, told the subcommittee he’s run some of the numbers internally on his own to see whether his ailing district would see relief under the proposed new formula and found they would do better than they do currently.

* But having numbers could also be a big problem

[Bloom Township Schools Treasurer Rob Grossi] said districts like D.167, which receives nearly a third of its funding from the state, are at the mercy of state government financial woes. More wealthy districts that take in more in property taxes and need less state money can weather the fiscal problems in Springfield easier, Grossi said. Most districts in Cook County have low property tax values per pupil.

Once the calculations are done for individual school districts, it will be difficult for senators and representatives of districts who will lose funding to vote for the bill, Grossi said.

“The changes in this bill are so significant that it changes the entire model (for education spending),” Grossi said Tuesday. “Once the numbers determine the winners and losers, it will be hard for some of them to support it.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


6 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 11:30 am:

    Still kind of worried that capital spending does not seem to be taken into account.


  2. - The Captain - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    Part of the difficulty of any school funding debate is that the funding formulas are so complicated that it’s difficult to run the complicated calculations and any changes require new calculations that are equally complex.

    A few summers ago I had some free time and tried to create a computer model of the funding formulas in my free time. I was able to map out the formulas but the problem was that much of the needed data inputs were not publicly available. (there are various needed inputs like average daily attendance, corporate PPR taxes, budget year and prior year EAV, three year average low income count, etc.) The SBE made some of that data available publicly but not all of it. If the data is not publicly available then only SBE can run the numbers and make projections when issues like this arise.

    A lot of civic minded computer programmers are jumping on the open data bandwagon and trying to implement helpful solutions to difficult problems. The City of Chicago has bent over backwards to make their data sets available in useful formats and you’re seeing a lot of volunteer projects that are publicly helpful. If the SBE committed to making education funding data available I’d bet you’d see some people get behind an effort to design something that could make this complicated education funding issue a little easier to understand.

    Regardless of what your political position is or your priorities are for education funding the entire discussion would benefit from better and more useful data and information.


  3. - The Southern - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    “You have to pass it to find out what is in it”?


  4. - DuPage - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Decades back, a newspaper published the amounts school districts spent per student and how much they got from the state per student. I remember it because Wheaton District 200 spent the same amount but the ratios were reversed. Both spent $6200 per student. Wheaton: $5300 local, $900 state. Chicago: $900 local, $5300 state.
    Daley knew what he was doing. Keep the local school tax low, and the state would give him more. The suburbs would vote referendums to raise the school tax, and the state would reduce the state funding.
    I would like an update on this funding per student supplied local/state without the smokescreens or accounting tricks. Then we need to know exactly how any particular “funding overhaul” would affect each school district.


  5. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 1:30 pm:

    This won’t be partisan. Once the members figure out who wins and who loses it will be a matter of whether the legislators with winner outnumber those with losers.


  6. - cicero - Wednesday, Apr 9, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    Illinois relies upon property taxes to fund education moreso than any other state. Combine that with the state aid forumla, and here’s the result: As the concentration of poverty in a school district rises, funding consistently drops.

    Less funding translates into higher teacher-to-pupil ratios in poor districts compared to districts with smaller percentages of students from low-income families.

    Illinois ranks among the most regressive states in the nation when it comes to ensuring students who need the help the most get it. In the Land of Lincoln, kids who need the least get the most. And that’s the way they want to keep it.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Madigan to tell members his side of working group talks
* Question of the day
* Madigan: Prepare for continuous session
* Spiraling out of control
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Madigan's actions show no fear of Rauner
* HRO launches new digital ads
* The Illinois Atlas of Austerity
* *** LIVE *** Session Coverage
* Happy Sunday!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Asus VR headset makes inconspicuous Computex debut with leather straps
* $175 Microsoft Band 2 deal might as well become permanent
* OPPO honors one of the world’s greatest football clubs with F1 Plus FC Barcelona Edition
* Asus Transformer 3, 3 Pro and Mini aim to provide healthy Surface competition
* Asus Zenfone 3 goes official, alongside super-high-end Deluxe and massive Ultra
* Galaxy S7 edge security update for June is early if you’re in Spain
* HTC 10 bend test, Galaxy Note 6 focus comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap

* Podcast: K.C. Meltdown
* White Sox Minor League Update: May 29-June 4
* Stephens, Coats among top prospect performers Sunday
* Quintana draws Harvey in Citi Field series opener
* Sale's effort goes for naught as Sox fall in KC
* Tough series for White Sox bullpen in KC
* Sale's effort goes for naught as Sox fall in KC

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands..
* Illinois abortion 'referral' bill heads to Gov .....
* Rauner Would Veto House Budget Plan ... All Of .....
* Rep. Butler: Should have been in session Saturd.....
* Lawmakers make little progress: Fantasy sports .....
* Election-year politics dim hopes of Illinois bu.....
* Madigan Proves He Doesn't Fear Governor or Coup.....


* Garland gives commencement address at old high school
* Chicago, private company to turn wastewater into fertilizer
* Police promise more West Side patrols as shootings erupt
* Medical pot advocates cheer Illinois governor's about-face
* Ex-fire chief gets jail time for stealing from department
* 15-year-old girl shot dead on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive
* State warns of toxic algae forming on Illinois lakes, rivers
* Illinois budget chief: 2nd year without deal 'devastating'
* 7-year-old Chicago girl dies in tractor accident
* Illinois budget negotiations appear to be going nowhere

* Daily fantasy sports betting bill shelved amid lobbying accusation
* Rep. Butler: Should have been in session Saturday, too
* Madigan polling House members to determine support for Rauner's 'turnaround agenda'
* Butler: Should have been in session Saturday, too
* Automatic voter registration measure delayed for changes
* Election-year politics dim hopes of Illinois budget deal
* Madigan polling House members to determine support for Rauner's turnaround agenda
* Illinois legislature meets in rare Sunday session
* Medical marijuana advocates cheer Illinois governor's expansion of pilot program
* GOP accuses Dems of pulling plug on negotiations; state budget approval chances seem slim

* Women's work? Nonprofit CFO
* West Loop transformation
* Helping Exelon's at-risk nukes helps everybody
* Here's your chance to buy that empty prison
* Can millennials revive Walter E. Smithe?


* ‘Me Before You’ a moving endeavor for Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin
* 5 hurt in Portage Park crash
* Police search for 21-year-old woman missing from Jefferson Park
* Two men shot in Humboldt Park
* Man shot during attempted robbery in Park Manor
* Man wounded in Austin drive-by shooting
* Man shot in Englewood
* Andy Shaw: Navy Pier should quit hiding how it spends tax money
* Man shot in Oakland
* Two men shot in Lawndale


* Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 4 dead, at least 48 wounded
* As pedestrian deaths rise, IDOT reiterates importance of paying attention
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 5/30/16
* Lessons learned on a half-marathon that fizzled to a quarter-marathon
* Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido rescued several hours after abduction
* Hoist a glass for Red today
* Reluctant heroes in Aurora surprised with Quilts of Valor
* Battle scarred teen wants to fix family's fighting
* Where shootings have occurred Memorial Day weekend in Chicago
* On the Air


* Daily fantasy sports betting bill shelved amid lobbying accusation
* Rep. Butler: Should have been in session Saturday, too
* Madigan polling House members to determine support for Rauner's 'turnaround agenda'
* Butler: Should have been in session Saturday, too
* Automatic voter registration measure delayed for changes
* Election-year politics dim hopes of Illinois budget deal
* Illinois legislature meets in rare Sunday session
* Our View: CWLP should focus on stability, not minor rebate
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner stresses state's problems, but there is some good news
* Statehouse Insider: Do you believe in miracles? In a word, no


* 5 area super-sectional games on tap Monday
* First June game goal for Bunnies softball
* Spartans softball led by fresh face
* SJ-O boys keep strong year rolling
* Golfers advance in NCAAs despite rough day
* Danville High School Graduation 2016
* May 30 Bob Asmussen chat
* May 31 Bob Asmussen chat
* HS Baseball - 3A Regional Championship
* Casual Fridays


* Paralympics 100 days away; city planning ticket give-away
* Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north
* Lester: New Sox announcer gives hope to others with cerebral palsy
* Computer glitch at JFK Airport causes massive check-in lines
* Bernfield: Hot-hitting Zobrist brings critical leadership

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Senator Durbin Statement on TSA Security D......

* Defence sales: US Senate may vote to bring......

* Friday’s school funding and special education legislative update. Five days to go.
* Halabi looks at the UFT numbers. “Didn’t show up” won.
* Live From The Drive
* Biking The Drive This Morning
* The Claypool rule.
* “The high school win is a crack in the glass ceiling that keeps Unity caucus in power.”
* “As educators, rather than raising your voices Over the rustling of our chains, Take them off. Un-cuff us. Unencumbered by the lumbering weight Of poverty and privilege, Policy and ignorance.”
* Sunday Times.
* Job / Recruitment Fair On Friday, June 3rd
* BPN Announces First Concert In The Park


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller