Illinois School Funding http://tspr.org en Illinois School Funding "Protects Inequity" http://tspr.org/post/illinois-school-funding-protects-inequity <p>Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on his/her zip code. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:19:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50942 at http://tspr.org Illinois School Funding "Protects Inequity" Illinois Pension Talks Turn to School Funding Issues http://tspr.org/post/illinois-pension-talks-turn-school-funding-issues <p>It&#39;s doubtful Illinois&#39; pension crisis will be resolved soon.<br /><br />Legislative leaders and the governor met Thursday, June 21 to discuss whether the state or local school districts should pay retirement costs for downstate and suburban teachers. The state picks up the tab now, but it doesn&#39;t pay for Chicago teachers&#39; retirement benefits.<br /><br />After the meeting, top lawmakers said they&#39;re going to spend five weeks studying school funding equality. Then they&#39;ll work on what to do about Illinois&#39; hugely underfunded government pensions.<br /> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:19:10 +0000 Rich Egger 17137 at http://tspr.org Illinois Pension Talks Turn to School Funding Issues School Districts Prepare for Possibility of More Cuts http://tspr.org/post/school-districts-prepare-possibility-more-cuts <p>Illinois public school districts are preparing next year&#39;s budgets. It&#39;s a difficult undertaking with state aid still up in the air.<br /><br />The legislative session will begin several weeks later than usual. It&#39;s not known when the governor and the lawmakers might agree on education funding.<br /><br />General State Aid to school districts was cut 5% for the current fiscal year.<br /><br />West Prairie Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth said the cuts for next year could be worse.<br /> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:18:50 +0000 James Lenz 9497 at http://tspr.org School Districts Prepare for Possibility of More Cuts