education funding http://wuis.org en State Pays Schools On Time http://wuis.org/post/state-pays-schools-time <p>Illinois has broken its streak of late grant payments to schools for the first time since 2007.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;State Superintendent Christopher Koch praised the news in a letter to school officials dated July 1.&nbsp; But Koch warned them not to bank on the same thing<br />happening next year.<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's office says timely payments for specialized grants and programs in 2014 are due to an influx of $1.3 billion in revenues the<br />state hadn't originally budgeted for. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:45:33 +0000 Associated Press 28918 at http://wuis.org State Pays Schools On Time 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 Speaker Wants 'Millionaire Tax' Referendum http://wuis.org/post/speaker-wants-millionaire-tax-referendum <p>House Speaker Michael Madigan wants voters to weigh in on his so-called "millionaires' tax" at the November elections.</p><p><a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&amp;DocNum=3816&amp;GAID=12&amp;SessionID=85&amp;LegID=77727">The referendum</a> would ask if income greater than a million dollars should be taxed an additional three percent, with the money going to schools.</p><p>Earlier this year, Madigan tried to put this before voters as a constitutional amendment, but he says there wasn't enough support in the House.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:25:09 +0000 Brian Mackey 25706 at http://wuis.org House Panel Approves $13 Billion For K-12 Education http://wuis.org/post/house-panel-approves-13-billion-k-12-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>An Illinois House panel Wednesday signed off on a budget for the state's public school system.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=6021&amp;GAID=12&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=81716&amp;SessionID=85&amp;GA=98" target="_blank">$13 billion dollar appropriation</a> is almost a billion more than this year's budget, reversing the state's trend of cutting funding for K -12 education.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:52:39 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25141 at http://wuis.org House Panel Approves $13 Billion For K-12 Education 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 District 186 Backs State Funding Change http://wuis.org/post/district-186-backs-state-funding-change <p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 24706 at http://wuis.org District 186 Backs State Funding Change Education Overhaul Altered For Republican Support http://wuis.org/post/education-overhaul-altered-republican-support <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Members of the General Assembly this spring are grappling with whether to change the way schools are funded in Illinois. With just a month of session left, the plan's sponsor is altering his strategy, in hopes Republican opposition will fade into bipartisan support.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:44:54 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24114 at http://wuis.org Education Overhaul Altered For Republican Support Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula http://wuis.org/post/wait-continues-schools-fate-under-proposed-new-formula <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers are considering a <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=16&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=68381&amp;SessionID=85">major chang</a>e to the way local schools get money from the state. But information about how individual school districts would fare in the new system won't be ready until just before the end of the spring legislative session.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23418 at http://wuis.org Wait Continues For Schools' Fate Under Proposed New Formula How Much Would Your School District Lose? http://wuis.org/post/how-much-would-your-school-district-lose <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.isbe.net/budget/FY15/fy15-budget.htm">New data</a> suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23168 at http://wuis.org How Much Would Your School District Lose? Listen To State Week - April 4, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-april-4-2014 <p>This week, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment on voting rights, a proposal for a graduated tax rate, and suggestions for a pension change for the city of Chicago.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:03:28 +0000 Bob Meyer 22340 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - April 4, 2014 Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution http://wuis.org/post/senator-suggests-switching-school-funding-distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on her zip code.</p><p>That's because schools are mostly funded by local property taxes. While Illinois takes that into account when determining how much state money to give each district, it's not the predominant factor.</p><p></p><p>A new proposal, backed by Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would make local need the number one test.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:46:05 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22243 at http://wuis.org Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution Quinn's Proposed Bump In Education Funding Not Immediate http://wuis.org/post/quinns-proposed-bump-education-funding-not-immediate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat Quinn is selling his budget plan — with its extension of Illinois' income tax increase — as a way to better fund schools. But that boost doesn't come right away.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During his budget address, Gov. Quinn introduced big plans for education: modernizing classrooms. A "birth to five" early learning intiative. And more money for elementary and high schools.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:39:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21996 at http://wuis.org Quinn's Proposed Bump In Education Funding Not Immediate Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? Interview: State Senator Andy Manar http://wuis.org/post/interview-state-senator-andy-manar <p>State Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) is in his first term serving the 48th District.&nbsp; It stretches from Springfield and Decatur south into Madison County.<br /><br />Before he was elected, Manar spent time as Chief of Staff to Senate President John Cullerton and served as Chairman of the Macoupin County Board.<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:51:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 10612 at http://wuis.org Interview: State Senator Andy Manar Illinois' Education Funding Under Review http://wuis.org/post/illinois-education-funding-under-review <p>Illinois ranks 50th among the states in the share of education funding that comes from state government. The formula used to distribute that money dates back to the '90s.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday afternoon, a <a href="http://ilga.gov/senate/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1511">group of state senators</a> began working on an update.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:24:04 +0000 Brian Mackey 7549 at http://wuis.org Illinois' Education Funding Under Review Despite Level Funding, Quinn Says Pensions Still Squeezing Schools http://wuis.org/post/despite-level-funding-quinn-says-pensions-still-squeezing-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, Quinn said Illinois' budget problems meant the state had to reduce school spending. But lawmakers decided not to cut the education budget, in part because Illinois collected more taxes in April than it anticipated.</span></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:28:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 4918 at http://wuis.org Despite Level Funding, Quinn Says Pensions Still Squeezing Schools