Education Funding

Governor Bruce Rauner has approved the portion of the state budget earmarked for public schools. His move yesterday ensures schools will be able to open on time.

The legislation even increases funding for education by more than $200 million dollars over the previous year. But the new money has strings attached.

Illinois schools will be able to open on time this fall, despite an ongoing budget stalemate at the statehouse.

Schools not having the money to operate had been a worry, given Gov. Bruce Rauner's condemnation of the spending plan passed by Democratic legislators.

It isn't anymore.

Rich Egger

A measure of particular interest to many downstate educators is the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.  It’s Senate Bill 1, which means it was the first piece of legislation introduced in the Senate this session.

Dusty Rhodes

Governor Bruce Rauner was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a meeting of public school leaders Tuesday in Springfield. Instead, he sent his new education czar. 

Rich Egger

For the third year in a row, the West Prairie School District expects deficit spending in its Education Fund.

Rich Egger

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.

Rich Egger

State funding for education in Illinois has dropped by hundreds of millions of dollars in the past several years.

Cutting School Transportation Funding

May 6, 2013

Illinois schools could see state funding reduced by millions of dollars under Governor Pat Quinn's budget proposal. One of the largest cuts would be to the fund used to get children to school on time.

Increasing State Aid for Wealthy School Districts

Apr 3, 2013

Illinois gives out millions of dollars annually to well-off schools, and the state's education chief said that number could start to rise.

The districts receiving the state funds can't go to local residents for more money because of property tax caps.

State superintendent Christopher Koch said as the economy recovers and property values increase, Illinois could be on the hook for sending even more money to wealthy districts.

“The key is, how do we solve it? How do you put a better system in, one that's less reliant on property values?” Koch asked.

The workforce will be a bit smaller in the Macomb School District next fall as a result of budget cuts.

The equivalent of three full-time positions will be eliminated as part of what the district is calling a “cost containment” plan, which the Board of Education approved during its March meeting.

Superintendent Alene Resuchel said the district will also dip into its reserves to balance its budget, but she said it is not sustainable in the long-term to rely solely on reserves.

One northeast Missouri school district will have a little more money to spend during the upcoming school year.

The Clark County R-1 School Board has signed off on the district’s $9.1-million budget. 

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht says the spending plan is balanced… with revenues slightly exceeding expenses.

He says annexing the Revere C-3 School District into Clark County has meant a $200,000 boost in assessed valuation as well as additional state aid.