Friday, May 25, 2018

Alliance Legislative Report 100-69

EVIDENCE-BASED FUNDING;
MANDATES MOVE
In a busy legislative week in the State Capitol, lawmakers rushed to move the remainder of their legislation as the scheduled session adjournment date nears. The legislature is set to conclude its business by the end of the month. Both chambers of the General Assembly cancelled scheduled session for this weekend and will return to Springfield late afternoon on Monday, May 28. While there has been positive news surrounding the development of a budget, the General Assembly will only have four session days to complete its business and pass a budget plan and appropriations before the end of May.

This week, the Alliance and its partners in the Evidence-Based Funding reforms testified before the House Elementary and Secondary Appropriation Committee. Alliance executives were also joined by local superintendents to testify about what improvements to education they can make with greater support from the State of Illinois. The minimum needed to fund the evidence based funding model for Fiscal Year 2019 is $400 million with $350 million going to the funding model and $50 for a property tax rebate system that is part of the negotiated law. During the hearing, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) also testified to the need for an additional $7 billion to bring all Illinois school districts to adequacy.

With the clock ticking persistently towards the end of session on May 31, a number of bills were approved by the General Assembly to be sent on to the Governor for his approval.

Click here to read the complete Alliance Legislative Report 100-69, including information on two significant bills containing potential new mandates, Vision 20/20 initiatives, and other legislative action from the week.