- Tuesday, May 10, 2016 09:08 AM
SPRINGFIELD – Today, the Senate took a crucial vote for the future of education in the state. The proposal, Senate Bill 231, would rework the out-of-date education funding formula to a need-based formula for school districts.
“I have been an advocate of this mission from the start and am proud to add my support as chief co-sponsor of the bill,” said State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin). “This is a matter of equality, fairness and what is right. There are so many school districts in need, and the students in those districts deserve to have the same educational opportunity as those in more affluent districts.”
Under this proposal, Carpentersville School District 300 would gain $390,000, while Elgin School District U-46, also in Noland’s district, would see a funding increase of $23 million for the next fiscal year.
“While it is true there are some major winners in this formula, this is not about winners or losers; this is about having a funding system in place that is equitable and sustainable and ensures every child gets the quality education they deserve.”
Additionally, there is a provision in the plan that will ensure no school district, such as Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates school districts 54 and 211, loses money for the coming fiscal year 2017.
The legislation passed with a vote of 31-21-3 and will now be sent to the House for consideration.