School funding http://wuis.org en Houston Says District 186 Needs To Build Credibility Before Asking For Tax Hike http://wuis.org/post/houston-says-district-186-needs-build-credibility-asking-tax-hike <p></p><p>WUIS is asking the candidates for Springfield mayor to talk about education issues facing the community. Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he's concerned that most new single family homes in the area are in suburban school districts.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says an increase in funding for District 186 is probably needed, but says the school board needs to build credibility first.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:47:20 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 29688 at http://wuis.org Houston Says District 186 Needs To Build Credibility Before Asking For Tax Hike Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do http://wuis.org/post/legislative-recap-what-lawmakers-did-didnt-do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at http://wuis.org Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/senate-approves-school-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to overhaul the way schools are funded. But the proposal has a long way to go before becoming law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After months of negotiations and with just four days left on the General Assembly's spring calendar, the measure was deemed "ready for primetime." The plan would direct state funding to more impoverished schools and divert funding from schools in wealthier areas.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:33:02 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26052 at http://wuis.org Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul Republicans Push School Funding Legislation To Prevent Underfunding http://wuis.org/post/republicans-push-school-funding-legislation-prevent-underfunding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While the state's budget for next year is still in flux, Republicans in the Illinois Senate say they have a new plan that would fully fund public schools. They say it's something that would help schools now, unlike a competing Democratic proposal that's still building support.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:43:38 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25730 at http://wuis.org Republicans Push School Funding Legislation To Prevent Underfunding School Funding Discussion WUIS Education Desk http://wuis.org/post/school-funding-discussion-wuis-education-desk <p>The way schools are funded in Illinois has been getting a lot of attention lately.&nbsp; The WUIS Education Desk presents a discussion entitled "Transforming Our Schools:&nbsp; A Panel On Education Funding" held recently in Decatur.&nbsp;&nbsp; The panel includes State Senator Andy Manar, Warrensburg-Latham Superintendent Kristen Kendrick, Decatur Public Schools Director of Business Affairs Todd Covault, Center for Tax &amp; Budget Accountability Director Ralph Martire and moderators Brian Byers of WSOY &amp; Bill Wheelhouse, WUIS. Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 25518 at http://wuis.org School Funding Discussion WUIS Education Desk Listen To State Week - May 9, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-9-2014 <p>Getting attention is a plan to change&nbsp; school funding that&nbsp; would shift a larger share of the state funding to poorer school districts. &nbsp;And scrutiny of Governor Pat Quinn's&nbsp;Neighborhood Recovery Initiative continues.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 14:25:29 +0000 Sinta Seiber 24835 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 9, 2014 Springfield Schools Would Get More Money With Funding Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/springfield-schools-would-get-more-money-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Spring is budgeting time for schools in Illinois. Over the past few years, school officials in poorer districts have had to cut staff and programs in order to balance their checkbooks.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Declining state funding, coupled with decreased property values have resulted in a double-whammy shortfall, especially in districts that aren't property-wealthy to begin with.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:17:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24952 at http://wuis.org Springfield Schools Would Get More Money With Funding Overhaul Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts http://wuis.org/post/analysis-shows-school-funding-plan-would-benefit-downstate-districts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Downstate schools would be the primary winners under a proposed school funding overhaul before the General Assembly. A report from Illinois' board of education could lead to a regional divide when it comes up for a vote.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' public school system relies heavily on property taxes, often meaning the quality of a student's education will depend on his or her zip code.</span></p><p>But a proposal in the General Assembly would completely change the state's complicated funding formula.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 04:05:01 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24650 at http://wuis.org Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts Study: Pre-K Education Provides For Economic Growth http://wuis.org/post/study-pre-k-education-provides-economic-growth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts -- including to early childhood education.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates say over the years, that cut off 25,000 kids from access to preschool.</span></p><p>Business leaders say it's time to restore the funding, in the name of economic efficacy later on.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:36 +0000 Hannah Meisel 23132 at http://wuis.org Study: Pre-K Education Provides For Economic Growth Manar Introduces Bill Changing School Funding http://wuis.org/post/manar-introduces-bill-changing-school-funding <p>A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997. The sponsors call the measure the most comprehensive way to ensure equity across the state but say there's still work to do in gaining broad support on the regionally divisive issue.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:29:35 +0000 Associated Press 22184 at http://wuis.org Manar Introduces Bill Changing School Funding Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? http://wuis.org/post/illinois-lottery-shell-game-school-funding <p>Many people are aware that the Illinois Lottery helps fund schools. But just how much do the proceeds actually help? Well, that's what we aimed to find out:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Rachel Otwell 19007 at http://wuis.org Illinois Lottery: A Shell Game For School Funding? Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/manar-public-school-funding-needs-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois schools have seen state funding cut again and again in recent years. A Democratic lawmaker wants to change how that money is distributed. But it remains to be whether they can get more money in the system.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Bunker Hill) says inequality is basically guaranteed by Illinois' complicated education funding laws. That's because it's based on property taxes, so schools in impoverished areas can struggle to get by.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:21:15 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18371 at http://wuis.org Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul Legislators Seek To Adjust Funding Formula; Others Say It's Not Enough http://wuis.org/post/legislators-seek-adjust-funding-formula-others-say-its-not-enough <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. But it also has to do with the amount districts are being prorated.</span></p><p></p><p>This year, Illinois is only paying 89 percent of the money it's supposed to send to schools. Currently those cuts are applied across the board, hitting wealthy and poor districts alike.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:56:29 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17449 at http://wuis.org Legislators Seek To Adjust Funding Formula; Others Say It's Not Enough Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding http://wuis.org/post/governor-suspends-charter-school-groups-funding <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has again suspended state funding to the United Neighborhood Organization, the state's biggest charter-school operator. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spokeswoman Sandra M. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times the final $15 million of a $98 million state school-construction grant the Illinois Legislature promised UNO in 2009 is being withheld. &nbsp;<br />Quinn previously suspended funding for UNO in April, after reports the organization gave $8.5 million of business to companies owned by the brothers of then UNO executive Miquel d'Escoto. &nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:28:00 +0000 Associated Press 11201 at http://wuis.org Governor Suspends Charter School Group's Funding ISBE Warns Of School Funding Cuts http://wuis.org/post/isbe-warns-school-funding-cuts <p>School administrators in Illinois are being warned to prepare for even less state funding for the next fiscal year. &nbsp;<br />The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/16g1Hjd ) the Illinois State Board of Education is telling school districts to prepare to receive about 85 percent of the normal general state aid payments. &nbsp;<br />This year, the qualifying districts are getting 89 percent of the money. &nbsp; Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:24:54 +0000 Associated Press 11200 at http://wuis.org ISBE Warns Of School Funding Cuts