Last month, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker touted an increase in funding for education but a local school leader indicates that is not the most truthful statement by the Governor.
Warrensburg-Latham Schools Superintendent Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle explains the governor is proposing an increase in funding for Illinois schools but if a progressive income tax proposal in November fails, that will result in $150-million being taken away from education.
In recent years, schools have gone to an evidence-based funding model that was more equitable for Illinois schools and allowed districts who cannot rely on property taxes to receive more money from the State of Illinois. Dr. Kendrick-Weikle says that plan has been working well.
Dr. Kendrick-Weikle explains the Governor holding back money until he learns of the November vote on the progressive tax proposal and that is going to greatly impact districts who rely on the State for a majority of their funding.
Unfortunate is how Dr. Kendrick-Weikle describes the details of the Governor's proposal because she and her peers felt like Illinois was moving in a positive direction as it related to school funding.
Dr. Kendrick-Weikle is also concerned because funding for mandated things like special education and transportation could also be in jeopardy. While she does not have the most concrete of details, she is getting information that would suggest that funding may be up in the air in this budget as well.