Illinois School Funding

Referendum Rejected Twice
6:02 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Monmouth-Roseville Debates Funding Options

Superintendent Ed Fletcher and the Monmouth-Roseville School District face an uncertain future with school funding.
Credit T.J. Carson

Funding solutions for the Monmouth-Roseville School District remain unknown after a proposed hike in the education fund tax rate was voted down in November’s elections.

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Election 2014
11:19 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Monmouth-Roseville Makes Case for Tax Rate Increase

Monmouth-Roseville Superintendent Ed Fletcher feels the district has made its case for a tax rate increase in the education fund.
Credit T.J. Carson

Voters will decide whether to grant the Monmouth-Roseville School District a 75-cent tax rate increase for the education fund.  Salaries and most other day-to-day expenses are paid from that 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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Still No Agreement
8:19 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Illinois Pension Talks Turn to School Funding Issues

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Rich Egger

It's doubtful Illinois' pension crisis will be resolved soon.

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't pay for Chicago teachers' retirement benefits.

After the meeting, top lawmakers said they're going to spend five weeks studying school funding equality. Then they'll work on what to do about Illinois' hugely underfunded government pensions.

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Stete funding uncertain
3:18 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

School Districts Prepare for Possibility of More Cuts

Supt. Jonathan Heerboth

Illinois public school districts are preparing next year's budgets. It's a difficult undertaking with state aid still up in the air.

The legislative session will begin several weeks later than usual. It's not known when the governor and the lawmakers might agree on education funding.

General State Aid to school districts was cut 5% for the current fiscal year.

West Prairie Superintendent Jonathan Heerboth said the cuts for next year could be worse.

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