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Pass IL Budget Superintendents Send Petition to State
May 12, 2017
Lettertoleaders_PassILBudget051117.pdf - 370.57K
May 12, 2017
School chiefs call for end to impasse, seek equitable funding, payment on past due bills
ELGIN, IL (May 12, 2017) – The “Pass Illinois Budget” movement has sent a petition to Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois House and Senate leaders urging them to end the state’s budget impasse.
With just 17 scheduled legislative days remaining to pass a state budget without a super majority vote, over 400 school district superintendents, including Dr. Robert Green of Collinsville Community Unit School District #10, sent a petition to Governor Rauner and the legislative leaders to urge them to establish a budget for the state’s economic future and the welfare and well-being of all residents.
The Pass Illinois’ Budget coalition now has 432 district leaders representing 1.4 million school children, nearly 69 percent of the state.
“The time to put aside personality and partisan differences is now. Work collaboratively, as you expect us to do, to finalize a state spending plan, while striving for adequacy and equity in an improved funding formula” the letter said.
The 432 district leaders are not sponsored by any statewide organization but, on behalf of students, schools and communities, have come together to urge the Governor and lawmakers to do the following:
• Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
• Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions.
• Pay school districts what they are owed this year.
For the past five years, school districts have suffered prorated General State Aid. This year, despite a full budget for K-12 education, the State of Illinois lacks the resources to make good on its promise and currently owes public schools $1.1 billion in payments for programs such as special education, bilingual education, early childhood education, and transportation.
The letter reiterates that the group has requested to meet with the Governor and leaders and ends with the following statement:
“We stand ready to assist you. Like you, we understand the political and public pressure related to the decisions that we make. Not everyone will be happy with the agreements you reach (which may include us)…however, school districts need certainty and stability in our funding.”
The State of Illinois currently owes the Collinsville School District $2.2 million.
To see the letter and list of currently participating school districts, see the above PDF.