Funding

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In just over five weeks, the 100th Illinois General Assembly is scheduled adjourn and many educators are hoping that  House Bill 2808 will become passed.  The bill  seeks to change the state's 20 year old funding system for public schools.  Currently, local property taxes fund school districts.  Which means that wealthier districts can spend more money per student than less wealthy districts.  House Bill 2808 seeks to drastically alter the funding model by incorporating a new Evidence Based Model which looks at each individual school district's particular  needs to determine how much state

Across the nation, state funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money.

An annual study released Monday shows just how severe the reductions have been: some $6 billion, or nearly 8 percent, over the past year. That figure takes into account the loss of funds provided in recent years through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.