* If Gov. Pat Quinn sticks to his guns, this request won’t be fulfilled…
The Illinois State Board of Education is asking for $265 million more in state funding next year. The board approved its budget recommendation Thursday.
The $6.9 billion being sought for fiscal year 2013 is a 3.9 percent increase over the current budget.
Education officials stress that it’s still $426 million less than the funding received in 2009, the year with the highest level of school funding.
They say the increase is needed to cover costs associated with reform and growing numbers of low-income students.
As you already know, Gov. Quinn’s three-year budget projection includes no increase at all for education during the next three fiscal years. That funding level in 2009, by the way, was heavily augmented by the federal government. The cash has since disappeared.
* Meanwhile, you could probably safely bet big money that this proposed fee increase won’t pass in an election year…
A state panel is suggesting a $1 increase in Illinois license plate fees to encourage usage of electric cars.
The recommendation is included in a report forwarded to members of the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn by the state’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.
The panel suggests the money raised be used to help pay for rebates and grants for alternative fuel vehicles.
The $1 increase would bring Illinois’ standard license plate renewal cost to $100 annually.
The Democratic majority already has enough problems with the income tax hike. I highly doubt they’ll up the plate fee again. Yes, it’s only a buck, but it’ll get a lot of press if it passes.
* Report card changes don’t impress official - 205’s Joel Estes says school funding inequity more important: Some of the changes mandated by the new law include curriculum information — the availability of advanced placement classes, availability of foreign language classes, school personnel resources and dual credit enrollment — student outcomes, including percentage of students meeting and exceeding state standards; graduation rates and percentage of college-ready students, as well as numbers relating to student progress and school environment.
* Illinois revamps School Report Cards
* Funding In IOUs: Throughout the 2009, 2010, and 2011 fiscal years, state payments to the universities were less than expected. The 2011 fiscal year, which started on June 30, 2010 and ended on July 1, 2011, was the worst for Illinois universities. That year, Eastern Illinois was appropriated $47.8 million. By June 30, 2011, the state still owed the university about $20 million. It would take until Dec. 6 for the state to pay out the full appropriation for the previous fiscal year.
* IHSA opposes bill on football practice waiver: The Illinois High School Association objects to proposed legislation that would give high school football players who have gone through military basic training waivers if they have not completed the minimum required 12 practices. The association, which governs high school athletics in Illinois, wants lawmakers to kill Senate Bill 2550, proposed by state Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga. The association requires high school football players to go through 12 practices before participating in a game. Cultra’s bill would allow coaches to evaluate players and recommend to local school boards whether the requirement could be waived if the student had been serving in the military.
* State legislators seek more detail on JDC closure plan: However, panel co-chairman Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, said he’s not sure the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability will hold more extensive hearings or again vote to recommend against closing JDC.
* House Speaker Spreads Blame for State’s Mess
* State of the States in Online Gambling
* Illinois nursing homes to get $110M in federal aid
* DuPage mayors: Make cops, firefighters part of pension reform
* Editorial: Time to reduce or even ground state’s aircraft
* Gov. makes appointments to work injury panel