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Senate bill would radically change school funding

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.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

School funding plan advances in Illinois Senate

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.

April 08, 2014 3:45 pm Related
Manar introduces bill changing school funding

Manar introduces bill changing school funding

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.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Manar introduces bill changing school funding

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.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

State warning of more school funding cuts

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.

October 18, 2013 12:00 am

Tri-Creek schools consider levy increase

LOWELL | Tri-Creek schools is proposing a $14.8 million levy to cover a proposed $37.8 million budget.

September 27, 2013 1:45 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Poor state funding fuels local school referendums

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.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana School Board Association reps decry level of state funding for public education

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.

May 19, 2013 7:00 pm
Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

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.

May 18, 2013 12:00 am

Lt. Gov. Simon wants committee to study school funding

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.

May 03, 2013 5:24 pm

Valpo schools report on 21st century goals

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.

April 13, 2013 12:00 am
Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

Gary lawmaker tapped for Midwest education policy review

INDIANAPOLIS | A Gary state lawmaker and education expert has been selected to help shape education policy throughout the Midwest.

March 29, 2013 11:07 am
"What letter grade would you give the Indiana General Assembly?"

"What letter grade would you give the Indiana General Assembly?"

Karen Frazier, Munster | "C. They need to help better school funding because of the cuts."

March 24, 2013 12:00 am
"What letter grade would you give the Indiana General Assembly?"

"What letter grade would you give the Indiana General Assembly?"

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."

March 24, 2013 12:00 am

Schools' excellence should be rewarded, not punished

Rich James’ March 3 opinion on school funding is liberal drivel.

March 14, 2013 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Public school funding is same old shell game

GUEST COMMENTARY: Public school funding is same old shell game

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…

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

Panel calls for massive boost in Illinois school funding

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.

January 23, 2013 6:15 pm

State attorney general to file appeal in school funding case

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.

January 09, 2013 8:30 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana must restore school funding cuts

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.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am

Boone Grove superintendent says state funding to district is decreasing

BOONE GROVE | Porter Township Schools Superintendent Stacey Schmidt provided an “educational moment” at the district’s board meeting Thursday night.

December 20, 2012 9:00 pm
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