Illinois facing another steep “ramp”
Monday, Oct 3, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller
* Karen Ann Cullotta at the Tribune..
The new statewide education justice coalition, PEER IL, was created “to ensure the state is fulfilling its promise to provide Illinois public school students fully funded and fully resourced public schools,” PEER IL officials said.
When then-Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Evidence-Based Funding into law in 2017, the legislation aimed to “comprehensively overhaul the state’s school financing system,” PEER IL officials said.
According to the report, reaching the adequacy benchmarks put forth in the law requires more than $7 billion additional dollars in state funding to properly fund school districts in the state, with a goal of reaching full funding by 2027. […]
CPS is funded at 74% of adequacy, an annual $1.4 billion shortfall, CPS officials said.
* Trouble is, CPS school funding is mainly based on student population, not equity…
Currently, schools get a set amount of money per student, plus a few centrally-funded positions, such as principal and school clerk. This system – implemented in the wake of the 2013 closings – has been criticized by the Chicago Teachers Union because it penalizes schools with fewer students and sets them on a downward spiral of declining enrollment and disinvestment.
Chicago, with 322,106 public school students, should also get its act together.
The full study is here.