* The governor’s education czar Beth Purvis explains the new Republican-backed school funding plan…
HB6583/SB3434 does the following:
· Increases early childhood education by $75mm dollars. This will help CPS because the majority of new full-day early childhood seats supported by these dollars are in the Chicagoland area.
· Increase the GSA by $55mm, ending proration for the first time since
2009. Like other years, there will be natural variations in funding based on three factors:
o % of children who live in poverty
o Local available resources
· Adds an additional $105mm to “hold harmless” schools that get less money in FY2017 than they got in FY2016
o Over the last few years, CPS has seen a decrease in enrollment, a decrease in percentage of children who qualify for free and reduced lunch and an increase in property values. This resulted in their GSA being reduced by $74mm.
o $74mm of the $105mm will go to CPS to hold them harmless
o Additionally – by not changing the funding formula, the Block Grant stays in place. Every year, this grant has ensured that CPS gets approximately $250mm more for special education services than their proportional share of students with disabilities.
This funding proposal will:
o Hold CPS harmless even though they have fewer students, a lower percentage of children with poverty and higher property wealth than many other districts
o Ensure that CPS continues to get the special education and poverty grant dollars as in other years