Senate Bill 16, which has passed in the Illinois Senate and is awaiting debate in the House, will make sweeping changes in how the state funds education. In most suburban school districts, the bill will have a severe, negative impact. State education is currently funded by several sources – federal, state and local. SB 16 consolidates 83 percent of Illinois’ education resources and redistributes according to a formula devised by Senate Democrats and Democrat House leaders.
State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) stepped up her fight against unfair and inequitable school funding reform on Tuesday by launching an on-line petition against SB16.
The petition is available on Ives’ legislative web site (www.jeanneives.org) or through a direct link at http://www.ilhousegop.org/sb16_petition.
SB16, which passed the Illinois Senate in May, rewrites the school funding formula which determines how General State Aid (GSA) is distributed to all Illinois public school districts. As written, the bill strips $140 million from DuPage County Schools and channels the money to the Chicago Public Schools and to downstate school districts.
Ives encourages all citizens to sign the petition and let their voices be heard. “There is nothing equitable about SB16,” said Ives. “This bill merely reallocates existing state resources in a way that is very damaging to every school district I represent.”
In addition to signing the petition, Ives encourages all residents to attend a SB16 Impact Forum she is hosting this week on Thursday, October 9 at Wheaton Warrenville South High School at 7:00 PM. Ives will be joined by Senator Michael Connelly, State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch, State Board of Education CFO Robert Wolfe and area superintendents for a frank discussion about the local impact of SB16. “SB16 is a bad bill and citizens need to get involved in the fight to stop it,” said Ives.
Wheaton Warrenville South High School is located at 1993 Tiger Trail in Wheaton.