Different people can look at the same thing and see things differently based on their perspective. In order to have a truly effective open discussion on how Illinois funds public education we need to look at things from multiple perspectives and respect each other's perspective.
EDGE Illinois is focusing our analysis on the School Districts in the middle and looking at how the proposed changes will affect those districts in both the short and long term. As shown below, how Illinois funds public education can also be represented by a bowl shape rather than a traditional linear line.
Key Changes with SB1 (Education Funding Reform Act of 2015)
Provides additional State funding to School Districts that have above average tax rates, but are spending below a calculated full adequacy target amount.
Considers regional cost differences when determining State Aid using the Comparable Wage Index.
Reverts back to the current method of determining the number of low income students in a district for a two year period and then allows the ISBE to modify calculation starting in school year 2017/2018.
Students with Special Needs above the State Average can apply for additional funding.