Since the 1970’s, Illinois has struggled to solve its inequitable and inadequate school funding system: (i) three blue ribbon commissions have been formed; (ii) two state Supreme Court cases have been litigated; and (iii) numerous proposals to put band-aids on the existing system have been offered. Unfortunately for the two million public school children in Illinois, all attempts have failed.
Past attempts failed primarily for one reason - they did not recognize that the fundamental cause of the state’s inequitable, inadequate school funding system is the state’s antiquated fiscal system. Until Illinois comprehensively fixes the way it raises the revenue that funds public services, education funding reform will continue to fail.
Analysis & Reports
HB174 Q & A Fact Sheet, May 7, 2010
(Revised as of December 1, 2009)
with existing costs, adjusting solely for population growth and inflation over time.
Senate Bill 2288 provides a new, permanent revenue source for schools, property tax relief for homeowners and$1 billion for debt service for a state infrastructure program. It is the only piece of legislation that will truly reform the way education is funded in Illinois by making the state the primary funder of K-12 education. The bill also provides $300 million for community colleges and universities.