The purpose of this page is to provide data that can be used by researchers, community members and School Districts to evaluate the impacts of Senate Bill 16 (SB16). The proposed redistribution of Illinois education funding will have significant long term impacts on communities and School Districts throughout our State. We need to work together to "Raise the Bar" of equity, academic achievement and fiscal responsibility for all of our Schools in Illinois.
The analysis provided by EDGE Illinois does not include the $1,000 per student loss cap that was added prior to the bill to garner additional votes. The fact that Middle Class communities were losing a significant portion of their Operating Budgets should have been a "Red Flag" to review the formulas before approving it.
The goal of EDGE Illinois is to identify what the problems are in the SB16 formula that cause some Middle Class School Districts to lose a disproportionate amount of State educational funding and to ask the State of Illinois to correct the formula before making it a law. Look at the data and help us suggest FIXES for the formula.
The Ability to Contribute formulas and the single dependency on EAV to determine a community's wealth must be reviewed to avoid creating a "Spending Bowl" in Illinois.
The Senate Bill 16 (SB16) proposed funding formula must be reviewed to determine why School Districts with the highest percentage of "at-risk" students are losing so much State Aid with Senate Bill 16 (SB16).
View the Concentrated "At-Risk" Students and Ability to Contribute links for more information.
The impact on English Language Learners with Senate Bill 16 (SB16) must be reviewed based on the actual results seen in the FY13 ISBE simulation.
Instead of prorating State Aid, the State would be able to lower the Foundation Level with Senate Bill 16 (SB16) as needed to match available State funding. This will result in Operating Budgets for Middle Class communities fluctuating greatly from year to year.
The State of Illinois should provide simulations from multiple years that have different Real Estate market conditions to understand this impact.
There is a real need to provide better educational opportunities for all children in the State of Illinois. Senate Bill 16 (SB16) passed the Senate at the end of the Spring session, but even its sponsor Andy Manar said that it is intended to be a conversation starter. This conversation must be factual and transparent. How "winners" and "losers" will be directly impacted must be discussed. How districts currently use funds, the success of their current programs, their plans for continuous improvement, and how they plan to allocate additional resources or how the loss of funds will impact them must be the focus of all potential legislative changes. The State of Illinois should publish additional simulations and answers to the questions that Communities and School Districts throughout the state have.