Board members discussed possible outcomes of Senate Bill 16 at the most recent school board meeting and what it could mean for District 204.
Senate Bill 16 is a proposed plan for a new way to fund education in the state. It includes a formula combining all general state aid, grants and other funding programs through the Illinois State Board of Education.
While this means additional funding for lower income school districts, it means drastic cuts for high-income districts, like 204. Under the plan, they could see more than a $10 million cut to their budget.
“It’s amazing to me how we’ve done so many great things in this district, we’ve done the right things. We are the third largest district in the state to have a balanced budget, we’ve made cuts, we’ve improved student achievement. We’ve asked teachers, and God bless you teachers, to do more with less but there is a breaking point and this is it,” said Board Member, Mark Rising.
The bill most recently passed through the senate in May, and was moved to the rules committee. Board members are urging residents within the district to take action and contact their local representatives to vote the bill down.
The board plans on meeting with District 203 officials and local legislators on the 24th to discuss the bill further.
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