School funding http://wuis.org en 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