Local school districts could see major changes in the funding they get from the state if a bill working its way through the Illinois Senate becomes law.
SPRINGFIELD | A proposal to dramatically overhaul the state's school funding formula and allocate more money to poorer districts moved ahead in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday. The regionally divisive issue, however, likely faces a tough road in gaining support from both parties in both chambers.
Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, D-Staunton, listens to fellow lawmakers on Wednesday in Springfield after introducing an education funding reform bill that would put almost all state education funding into one pot and then require districts to demonstrate need before receiving part of it.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois school administrators received another jolt of negative news last week: The already reduced level of funding they receive from the state could be slashed even more beginning next year.
LOWELL | Tri-Creek schools is proposing a $14.8 million levy to cover a proposed $37.8 million budget.
Why are school corporations engaged in referendums as of late? While school referendums used to be mainly sought for an increase in property taxes for school construction projects, they are now being used to increase the funds available to cash-strapped general funds.
SCHERERVILLE | Education and school reform in Indiana mean different things to state legislators and those responsible for educating students in the state’s public schools.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois Senate Democrats want to boost general education funding by $156 million next year, not cut it, key budget negotiators said Friday. But they acknowledged the increase would only keep per-student funding level.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging lawmakers to create a committee to study how Illinois funds education and recommend ways to improve it.
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso schools have come a long way in the past year, but a lot more needs to be done to define and prepare for what education will be like in the century ahead.
INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary state lawmaker and education expert has been selected to help shape education policy throughout the Midwest.
Karen Frazier, Munster | "C. They need to help better school funding because of the cuts."
Ruth Nieves, Munster | "F. They're doing an awful job. They need to think about our teachers and the limited resources. We need more consideration for our schools."
Rich James’ March 3 opinion on school funding is liberal drivel.
Here we go again, listening to ingratiating promises from state government about prioritizing education and promising a whopping 1 percent increase to public school funding. It sure looks like the little pea of additional school funding is there in plain sight under the shell of public schoo…
SPRINGFIELD | A panel dedicated to figuring out how much Illinois should spend on education is calling for more than $4.7 billion in additional school funding in the coming year.
The Indiana attorney general's office filed a notice Jan. 4 with the Indiana Court of Appeals saying it plans to appeal a judgment against the Indiana Department of Education.
The Indiana General Assembly will focus on a two-year state budget as well as adjustments this year. The greatest impact on the state budget will be the dollars appropriated for education.
BOONE GROVE | Porter Township Schools Superintendent Stacey Schmidt provided an “educational moment” at the district’s board meeting Thursday night.
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