Education Funding

Education Fund Deficit
10:14 am
Tue September 30, 2014

West Prairie Schools Look to Stem Red Ink

West Prairie Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth said declining enrollment, increasing property value, and continuing "proration" work together to reduce the district's General State Aid each year.
Credit Rich Egger

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

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A Call for Change
1:19 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Illinois School Funding "Protects Inequity"

Credit 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.

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Senate Committee
1:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Studying School Funding

Credit Rich Egger

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

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Quinn's Budget Cuts 70%
12:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Cutting School Transportation Funding

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.

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Concerns About Funding Formula
3:05 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Increasing State Aid for Wealthy School Districts

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.

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$1.5 Million Over Five Years
7:41 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Cost Containment Plan for Macomb Schools

Macomb School Superintendent Alene Reuschel

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.

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Annexation Benefits District
11:23 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Clark County R-1 School Budget

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.

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