WebResizeJBT5.23.17SPRINGFIELD — Schools could see a positive change to the worst-in-the-nation school funding formula due to legislation that passed the Illinois General Assembly last week.

“Senate Bill 1 was thoroughly vetted by education organizations throughout the state. It is a plan that will fix the worst funding formula in the country and will provide needed property tax relief to some school districts,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said.

“I am disappointed that the governor continues to play the blame game and partisan politics with our children’s education. I hope the governor reconsiders his threat of vetoing legislation that will provide not only needed funds for special education and low-income students, but will address other best practices such as low class sizes and counselors in schools.”

Senate Bill 1 would be the first significant reform of the school funding mechanisms in more than 20 years.

Prior to passing the Illinois Senate, estimates of what Senate Bill 1 would do to funding according to appropriations for the current school year were made public by the Illinois State Board of Education. It showed that no school district throughout the state would lose funding under the plan.

The estimated overall gain that some area schools would experience under Senate Bill 1:

  • Oswego Community Unit School District 308 -- $4.77 million
  • Plainfield School District 202 -- $5.80 million
  • Troy Community Consolidated School District 30C -- $144,135
  • Joliet Township HS District 204 -- $1.65 million
  • Valley View CUSD #365U -- $1.61 million
  • Indian Prairie CUSD 204 -- $861,287
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