The State Board of Education is recommending an $801.6 million increase in school spending.
State aid to schoolchildren would jump by $355 per student next year–the largest increase in nearly a decade–under a recommendation Thursday from the Illinois State Board of Education.
In the first glimpse of what public schools might expect from the state next school year, the board proposed significant increases in a variety of programs, from special education to dropout prevention to preschool.
The proposed state aid per student would increase from $5,334 to $5,689, but…
The proposed figure for basic state aid falls short of the per-pupil amount recommended by the Education Funding Advisory Board, the state’s school finance advisers. The group recommended in 2005 that the state spend $6,405 per student. It is scheduled to update that recommendation this year.
Actually, the governor hasn’t even reconvened EFAB yet, so we don’t know when that new recommendation will be offered up.