School funding

Illinois state Republicans are introducing a new package of bills they say is their effort to end the budget impasse.

 

The Republicans’ proposal includes some of the same ideas that were sticking points for Democrats, including the length of a property tax freeze and how much to raise income taxes.

The fate of school funding reform in Illinois hinges on downstate sentiment about Chicago Public Schools, and legislators' grasp of a complex, new formula. The governor has already pledged to veto the legislation. And now, the battle has State Sen. Andy Manar accusing Education Secretary Beth Purvis of lying.

Details of Illinois senate republicans’ school funding plan were revealed this week.

One week after State Senator Jason Barickman held a press conference to announce his own school funding plan, he filed two amendments totaling 500 pages.

On the final day of the fiscal year Thursday ... Illinois lawmakers have passed a temporary budget and sent it to Governor Rauner.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday ripped a Democratic plan to fund schools in the new fiscal year that begins Friday, repeating criticism that it amounts to a ``bailout'' of Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats argue their plan treats Chicago schools the same as every other Illinois district.

A plan to move Illinois to a graduated income tax is dead.

Wednesday was the final scheduled day for lawmakers to advance it. Instead, the Illinois House adjourned without taking a vote.

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A group of downstate lawmakers Thursday urged their colleagues to pass a budget that would include equitable funding for public school children.

Let's begin with a choice.

Say there's a check in the mail. It's meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639?

It's not a trick question. It's the story of America's schools in two numbers.

The top Senate Democrat in Springfield says poor school districts aren’t getting their fair share of state money.

And he says lawmakers shouldn’t approve an education budget until that’s fixed.

Most school districts in Illinois would get an increase in state aid if a budget request approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education is adopted. But some wealthy schools would see less state money.