News from State Rep Anthony DeLuca

 

Dear valued constituent,

For decades we have heard about the ongoing efforts in Springfield to reform the way Illinois funds public education. Over the years, we have also heard about those efforts continuously being unsuccessful.  Illinois currently does a poor job of targeting state money to the poorest students-we spend only $0.81 on low- income students for each dollar spent on non-low income students.  Education stakeholders and members of both political parties agree the current General State Aid formula is not acceptable and has disadvantaged at-risk students for far too long.  In working with my colleagues, efforts to reform the “Formula” have always been about making sure the amount of state funding a school district receives is not based solely on its zip code.  It is important that regardless of where a child lives, the child should have access to a quality education in a safe environment.  This legislative session lawmakers worked together to successfully reform Illinois’ Education Funding Formula.

Senate Bill 1 creates the “Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act” which would replace Illinois’ current K-12 education funding system.  Studies show that Illinois directs the least amount of money to disadvantaged students and contributes among the least of any state to education (in terms of the state’s percentage of total education funding).  Policymakers and stakeholders agree education funding reform is necessary to improve the ability for all of Illinois’ children to fulfill their academic potential.  There is broad consensus that an Evidence- Based Model (EBM) as provided in SB 1 is the best formula to replace General State Aid.

Recent discussions have focused on the Evidence-Based Model (EBM) of school funding, which is supported by school management groups and many advocacy organizations.  SB1, has 4 major components:

 

1)  The model calculates a unique adequacy target for each school district that considers research-based inputs, student demographics, and regional wage differences;

2)  The model calculates each district’s “local capacity,” or the amount the district is expected to contribute from local sources toward its adequacy target;

3)  The model calculates the current level of state funding (called the “Base Funding Minimum”) for each district and adds that to the district’s local capacity to determine the district’s current percent of adequacy (by considering the current level of state funding, this acts as a “hold harmless,” so districts would not see a reduction in state funding);

4)  The vast majority of new state funding would be distributed to districts furthest away from adequacy.  Very little new money would be directed to districts that are well-funded.

Senate Bill 1 has passed the House and Senate but has not has not yet been sent to the Governor for his consideration.

 

Please see the list below of school districts located within or overlapping my legislative district to see how SB 1 will impact them.  I voted Yes to bring additional resources to my district.

School District Overall Gain-80th Legislative District

 

 

District Name Overall Gain
Flossmoor District #161 112,767.00
Frankfort District #157 C 2,762.00
Wilmington District #209U 92,802.00
Manhattan District #114 87,905.00
Park Forest District #163 732,230.00
Chicago Heights District #170 1,693,062.00
Homewood Flossmoor District #233 420,777.00
Bloom Township District #206 2,129,730.00
Elementary District #159 47,717.00
Matteson Elementary District #162 289,076.00
Rich Township District #227 924,276.00
New Lenox School District #122 156,477.00
Mokena District #159 37,264.00
Summit Hill District #161 99,237.00
Lincoln Way High School District #210 459,567.00
Steger District #194 638,686.00
Brookwood District #167 449,799.00
Homewood District #153 152,265.00
Crete-Monee C U District #201U 447,217.00

 

 

Have a wonderful day and thank you for your continued support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sincerely,
Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington
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