District 204’s Superintendent Dr. Karen Sullivan recently wrote to state legislators to express Indian Prairie’s opposition to Senate Bill 231.
This bill, previously known as Senate Bill 16 and Senate Bill 1, aims to redistribute funds throughout Illinois school districts, however 204 believes this is not true funding reform.
“On paper, it would look like we break even, that we don’t lose money or we don’t gain money. So some people might think that’s a win because in other areas in DuPage County there’s some big losers,” said Sullivan.
But the bill also requires several funding grants, also known as appropriations, to pass through the General Assembly, including the original funding formula, an adequacy grant and a whole harmless grant – a distribution of funds the district finds unlikely to happen.
“Given the current fiscal state, I don’t think it’s beyond our belief that the state may have a hard time making each of those appropriations,” added Sullivan.
If the money doesn’t come through, the district could lose roughly $9.8 million in funding, making it the second largest district in the state to take a hit.
“We totally agree that the school funding formula needs to be revised and reformed, and there are districts in desperate need, we just don’t feel like this is the fix that should be codified into law,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan suggests that each school district receive at least the same level of funding that was provided in fiscal year 16, and distribute any additional funds to those districts in need.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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